James Dunn

My doctoral dissertation explores the reception of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and doctrine of virtue among a series of Lutheran philosophers and theologians during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. After laying the groundwork with two chapters on Martin Luther and the ethical writings of Phillip Melanchthon, the center of my project deals with a cluster of later moral philosophers at the universities of Helmstedt, Wittenberg, and Jena. In my final chapter I trace the further reception of this body of work in the theological faculties of the same institutions. In doing so, I hope to provide a further corrective to the misleading ethical meta-narrative associated with the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre.


Link to my home institution: https://religiousstudies.yale.edu/people/james-dunn