Stewart Clem

Graduate Student Scholar (2015–18)

Stewart Clem


Ph.D., Moral Theology, University of Notre Dame (2018)
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
M.A., Philosophy, Oklahoma State University
B.A., Philosophy, Oklahoma State University
B.A., Political Science, Oklahoma State University


Stewart Clem was a Ph.D. student in theology at the University of Notre Dame from 2013–18, and he accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University, beginning in the fall of 2018. His primary research is in the area of moral theology and Christian ethics, and his historical interests include the thought of Thomas Aquinas and other scholastic theologians, as well as theologians of the early modern period, such as Richard Hooker, Francisco Suárez, and Joseph Butler. His interests in contemporary ethics lie at the intersection of virtue theory, law, and public policy, and his scholarly articles have appeared in a number of prominent journals.


During his time at the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, Stewart collaborated with theologians and social scientists on multiple projects. He wrote his dissertation on the ethics of lying and truthtelling, and, drawing upon resources provided by the Center, he incorporated insights from anthropology, comparative psychology, and evolutionary biology into his research. He presented his findings at two events hosted by the Center. In 2016, he participated in the Evolution of Wisdom Colloquium at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. His research later appeared in a chapter in The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes. In 2017, he presented his paper, “Transcending Language: What We Can Learn from Charles Taylor and Rowan Williams,” at the Human Distinctiveness: Wisdom’s Deep Evolution conference, held at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in London. 

Selected Publications

  • Clem, Stewart. "Dropping the Debt: A New Conundrum in Kant’s Rational Religion." Religious Studies 54.1 (2018): 131–45.

  • Clem, Stewart. "The Language of Reality: How Human Beings Created the World." Evolution of Wisdom: Major and Minor Keys, edited by Agustín Fuentes and Celia Deane-Drummond. Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, 2019.

  • Clem, Stewart. "The Passions of Christ in the Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas: An Integrative Account." New Blackfriars (2017).

  • Clem, Stewart. "Post-Truth and Vices Opposed to Truth." Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 37.2 (2017): 97–116.

  • Clem, Stewart. "Speaking Truthfully: On the Peculiar Origins of Human Speech." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 107–24. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.

  • Clem, Stewart. "Still Human: A Thomistic Analysis of ‘Persistent Vegetative State’." Studies in Christian Ethics 32.1 (2018): 131–45.


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