Aaron           K. Kerr

Aaron K. Kerr

Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department
Assistant Professor, Col.Humanities,Ed.&SocScience
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies
Phone: 814-871-7527
Office: PC 3204

  • Biography
  • Educational History
  • Scholarship/Research


Gannon requires more philosophy and theology than most colleges, including most other Catholic Universities.  That is because success is not only measured by what you can do, but also, who you can become.  In philosophy students not only learn the history of philosophy, but importantly they do philosophy; they analyze, explore, recognize valid claims and construct sound arguments. And in both philosophy and theology students reflect on who they are becoming in light of the religious diversity, political context, and global vision we explore and understand.  Together we come to know the truth about what we are able to do, and who we are becoming.  I teach Introduction to philosophy, Philosophy of God and Ethics. My research and writing centers upon ethics, particularly, religion and technology.  In addition to the thought of Albert Borgmann, I appreciate Jean Vanier's work, and the philosophy of communication of Michael Hyde. All of them, in some measure, attempt to affirm and recuperate vital dimensions of human experience which bring depth and quality to life. Of late I have been doing Rock Journalism, especially analysis of the Grateful Dead. Erie is a great place to live and learn.  Along with colleagues and students I take care of Erie's Gridley park, I am a some-time participant in the Gannon Good will garden and enjoy the art of urban composting at my residence.  My wife Gretchen continues to share her wisdom with me and we have two grown boys, Elias and Maxwell.

Here is a clip from Gannon Magazine about an  Ethics class learning about Jean Vanier   http://magazine.gannon.edu/Article.aspx?date=March2015&title=building-the-ark&issue=3&article=54


Educational History

Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology.  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  2007

Master of Theological Studies. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL   1996

Master of Divinity. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. 1995

Bachelor of Arts. Otterbein College, Westerville, OH      1991


Select Writing

"Borgmann on Merton: Exploring the Possibility of Contemplation in a Technological Age"  Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (Vol. 19.1, Winter 2016.) 57-78

"The Use of Drones: An Argument against Optimistic Technological Determinism Featuring the Work of Albert Borgmann and an Extended Analogy" Humanities and Technology Review (Vol. 34, Fall 2015), 1-33.     http://hta-net.org/htr/download-articles/volume-34-fall-2015/

"The Sacred and the Dead: Three  Ways to American Beauty" Religious Dispatches http://religiondispatches.org/author/aaron-k-kerr/

“The Grateful Dead and Rock’s Religious Significance” guest entry on Rock and Theology Blog  by Tom Beaudoin

" Food for the Journey: Wesleyan Eucharistic Piety and the Integrated Christian Life," in Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice and Christian Practice. ed. David Weaver-Zercher and William Willimon (New York: T&T Clark, 2005).

 “Ten Thoughts Upon the Use of the Great Thanksgiving,” Sacramental Life, 16, no.4 (2004): 822-826.

Recent Presentations

October 6, 2015 "Acknowledgement in a Digital Age of Global Conflict: Veterans as Guests in the Ethics Classroom." Annual Conference of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Clemson University, Greenville South Carolina.

November 7, 2014: "The Technological Paradigm and the Ethics of Acknowledgment: An Analysis of the Use of Drones and the Quest for Understanding a New Kind of Social Trauma." Humanities and Technology Association Conference, St.Thomas University, Miami Fl.

September 14, 2014: "Borgmann on Merton: Exploring the Possibility of Contemplation in a Digital Age."  Philosophy of Communication Pre-Conference of the Pennsylvania Communications Association, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.