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Dr David Kirchhoffer Name: Dr David Kirchhoffer
Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre
Phone
+617 3623 7592
Fax
+617 3623 7262
Organisational Area
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Coordination)
Department
Queensland Bioethics Centre
Location
Brisbane
Building 213 - St. Paul's Theological College (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 1-Room 213.1.03
Biographical Information

BSc (Wits), MPhil (St Augustine College of South Africa), MTS (KULeuven), MAS (KULeuven), PhD (KULeuven), STD (KULeuven)

Dr David G. Kirchhoffer is lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University, and is based at its McAuley Campus in Banyo, Brisbane. His teaching and research focusses primarily on theological ethics. Born and raised in South Africa, he studied biology, psychology, and theology, before reading for his doctorate in theology under the supervision of Professor Johan Verstraeten at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law in Leuven in collaboration with Professor Kris Dierickx. In 2011 he took up a permanent post at ACU. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles and translations of scholarly texts, he is the author of Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics (2013).

Publications

Recent Publications

Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics. Amherst, NY: Teneo Press, 2013.

Kirchhoffer, D.G., R. Horner, P. McArdle. Being Human: Groundwork for a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Melbourne: Mosaic Books; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

Dierickx, K., and D.G. "Kirchhoffer. Human Dignity and Biobanks."  In Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik/ Annual Review of Law and Ethics, 20 (2012): 247-258.

Kirchhoffer, D.G., and K. Dierickx. "Human Dignity and Human Tissue: A Meaningful Ethical Relationship?" Journal of Medical Ethics 37, 9 (2011): 552-556.

Kirchhoffer, D.G. "Bioethics and the Demise of the Concept of Dignity: Has Medicine Killed Ethics?" Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 17, 2 (2011): 141-154.

Selected Publications

Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics. Amherst, NY: Teneo Press, 2013 .

Kirchhoffer, D.G., R. Horner, P. McArdle. Being Human: Groundwork for a Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century. Melbourne: Mosaic Books; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

Kirchhoffer, D.G., and K. Dierickx. "Human Dignity and Human Tissue: A Meaningful Ethical Relationship?" Journal of Medical Ethics 37, 9 (2011): 552-556.

"Benedict XVI, Human Dignity and Absolute Moral Norms." New Blackfriars, 91, 1035 (2010): 586-608.

Become What You Are: On the Value of the Concept of Human Dignity as an Ethical Criterion in Light of Contemporary Critiques. Bijdragen: International Journal of Theology and Philosophy, 70, 1 (2009): 45-66.

Research

Ethics, Practical Theology.

Experience

Ethics, Moral Theology.

Professional Memberships
  • Australian Catholic Theological Association
 

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