Dr. Andrew Kim grew up in southern California and was received into the Church at Corpus Christi parish in New York City during the Easter vigil Mass in the year 2007. He relocated to the North Canton area in 2012 with his wife Caitlin, their son Theo, and their three daughters Lucy, Zoë and Phoebe.
Where do I come from? How should I live? Where am I going? It could reasonably be maintained that these questions form the bedrock for all theology and philosophy. As an ethicist, Kim's primary concern is with the second question. As a Catholic moral theologian, he concerns himself with all three questions as well as their interrelation in the context of Catholic teaching. How does the manner in which one replies to the first and third questions impact one's thought regarding the second? How does the way that one answers the second question, both intellectually and in one's actions, affect how one responds to the first and third questions? In the classes Kim teaches for Walsh, they address these as well as several other issues with the goal of gaining a better approach to "big picture" questions than we might have had otherwise.
Kim's primary area of study is "Virtue Ethics," which is the component of Catholic moral theology that draws most from the great tradition of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas in order to approach the moral life. In particular, he focuses on questions related to the unification of the moral self. Whereas some ethicists have maintained that living morally must always be a constant struggle between one's will on the one hand and one's emotions and desires on the other, he pursues a contrary line of thought that emphasizes the possibility of harmony and concord among the various psychological aspects that together make up the human person.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
- “Have the Manicheans Returned? An Augustinian Alternative to Situationist Psychology” Studies in Christian Ethics 26.4 (November 2013): 451-72.
- “Progress in the Good: A Defense of the Thomistic Unity Thesis” The Journal of Moral Theology 3.1 (January 2014): 147-74.
- Thomas Aquinas on the Connection of the Virtues (Dissertation: The Catholic University of America 2012).
- An Introduction to Catholic Ethics Since Vatican II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2015). This introduction provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Catholic ethics in the wake of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), an event widely considered crucial to the reconciliation of the Catholic Church and the modern world. Andrew Kim investigates Catholic responses to questions of moral theology in all four principal areas: Catholic social teaching, natural law, virtue ethics, and bioethics. In addition to discussing contemporary controversies surrounding abortion, contraception, labor rights, exploitation of the poor, and just war theory, he explores the historical sources of the Catholic worldview. Beginning with the moral vision revealed through the person of Jesus Christ and continuing with elaborations on this vision from figures such as Augustine and Aquinas, this volume elucidates the continuity of the Catholic moral tradition. Its balance of complexity and accessibility makes it an ideal resource for both students of theology and general readers.
Professor Kim is also a regular contributor to the on-line journal catholicmoraltheology.com
Dr. Kim is the faculty mentor for both the student theology club, Ex Nihilo, and the Walsh University Speech and Debate club. In addition, Dr. Kim teaches and directs theses for the Honors program and is the Division of Philosophy and Theology representative for the Faculty Senate. Dr. Kim is also a regular contributor to the Walsh University Lifelong Learning Series for which has given talks on the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, Gaudium et Spes, and Dante.