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Department: Philosophy, Religion & Classics

Joseph Wiinikka-LydonJoseph Wiinikka-Lydon

Assistant Professor of Religion


Berte Humanities Building 308

Contact Information:

Box 549034
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: 781-475-8914
Office Fax: (205) 226-3089
E-mail: jbwiinik@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

Before coming the Birmingham-Southern, I taught at Denison University and Sewanee: The University of the South, having earned a doctorate in religion, ethics, and society from Emory University. I currently work in the area of religious ethics, researching the ways in which religious and philosophical ethics can provide resources to other fields, such as the social sciences, in the area of violence and moral subjectivity. Most recently, this research has focused on expanding notions of moral injury. For example, in a recent article in Political Theology, I argue that we should reframe moral injury less as an injury and more as an issue of moral epistemology, as the experiences of the morally injured can contain potential inherent critiques of social norms, policies, and their violent consequences in the world. Approaching moral harm through social ethics, and deploying theo-ethical concepts, such as the prophetic, can shift our understanding of moral injury as disability to an occasion, albeit a difficult one, for the development of a critical moral insight into one's society. I am currently working on a manuscript, Speaking of Virtue , showing how virtue theory, particularly that of Iris Murdoch, can provide the social sciences with language and conceptions of the human that can help us better understand moral injury in a way that prioritizes the experience of those who suffer such harms.

Educational Background:

Emory University, 2010-15
PhD, Religious Ethics and Society

Harvard University, 2000-3
Master of Divinity

Georgetown University, 1994-8
A.B., Theology (Comparative religion)

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Religious social ethics
  • Virtue discourse and theory
  • Religion, conflict, and peace
  • Violence and moral subjectivity
  • Moral injury

Courses Taught:

RE 201 Introduction to Christianity

RE 240A Social Ethics in Buddhism and Christianity

RE 311 Christian Ethics