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 two daughters Lucy and Zoë.
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:
- 2012—Thomas Aquinas on the Connection of the Virtues (Ph.D. dissertation)
- [forthcoming]— He is currently working on publications on ecclesiology & natural law norm specification with forthcoming publications in the Journal of Moral Theology and Studies in Christian Ethics.
Starting in 2012, he will be the faculty moderator for the student-run "Ex Nihilo" Theology group.