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Aaron K. Kerr

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Philosophy Department

 We have great teachers and scholars in the philosophy department, teachers who care deeply about student learning and success, and these same teachers are interesting scholars who care deeply about human wisdom and our life-long search for meaning and truth.  I believe that a well-reasoned existence leads to well-being and integrity. And I approach each day in class as a new opportunity to guide students into this process of integration. My new book project is about nature and communication, particularly how persons might respond with hope to the environmental crisis. During covid-19 I was able to experiment with philosophy outside. An environmental ethics class learned together at the Gannon good will garden, a student lead initiatve to provide fresh produce to the community. For more information about that process see the GU Philosophy Facebook Page 

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

Encounters in Thought: Beyond Instrumental Reason (Eugene OR: Cascade, 2019) Overview and Interview about      

"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.

"The Sacred and the Dead: Three  Ways to American Beauty" Religious Dispatches


Recent Presentations

(2021) "The Nature of Death and the Death of Nature: The Limit Experience of Eva Saulitis"  Virtual Conference on Medicine and Religion 3/23/2021

(2017)  “From Technocracy to Digital Culture: Implications for Catholic Social Thought.”  The Soul of Development : 50th Anniversary of Popularum Progressio, University of Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana.  

(2016)  “Situated Solidarity in Religious Terms: The SSJ Neighborhood Network and Urban Agriculture,” Conference on Critical Geography: Situated Solidarities, University of KY 23rd Annual Conference, Lexington, KY. October 14-16 2016.       

(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.

Recent Book Reviews 

All Published in CHOICE books

(2015)  Gottlieb, Roger S. Political and spiritual: essays on religion, environment, disability, and justice. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 270p
(2016)  Farrow, Douglas. Desiring a better country: forays in political theology. McGill-Queen's, 2015
(2017)  Religion in the Anthropocene, ed. by Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann, and Markus Vogt. Cascade Books, 2017.
(2018)   Hudnut-Beumler, James David. Strangers and friends at the welcome table: contemporary Christianities in the American South. North Carolina, 2018.

Published in the Merton Seasonal (forthcoming) (2018)  “ The times they are a Makin”  A Review of Robert Hudson’s, The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan and the Perilous Summer of 1966 Eerdmans 2018

Aaron           K. Kerr

Phone: 814-871-7527
Office: PC 3204

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