Emily Dumler-Winckler

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016–17)

Emily Dumler-Winckler


Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary


Emily Dumler-Winckler specializes in moral theology, with a particular interest in virtue, moral psychology, aesthetics, ascetic practices, politics, and social change in the modern era. Her research brings ancient and medieval thought to bear on modern and contemporary debates in religious ethics. Her dissertation, "Modern Virtue: Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft and a Tradition of Dissent," challenges the narrative of the virtue’s modern demise by offering an account of modern virtue, specifically the virtues that perfect the practice of democratic social criticism. 

Her work on the Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science project explored the relationship between science and theology in modernity, with particular attention to how these disciplines have shaped our relationship to the natural world for better or worse. She is interested in the theological and philosophical resources that certain modern thinkers have used to criticize some of the Enlightenment’s most cherished but wayward philosophical commitments, views that tend to alienate us from God, nature, one another, and ultimately from our own agency. These thinkers resist the view that there is no aspect of nature not subsumed by modern science. Instead, they integrate the insights of science with a re-enchanted spirituality that enables human beings to cultivate the virtues necessary for human flourishing, for agents at home in a modern world. This ethic of home-making will contribute to an intermittent Augustinian legacy of reflection on the earthly and heavenly cities.

Selected Publications

  • Dumler-Winckler, Emily. "Can Genius be Taught? Emerson’s Genius and the Virtues of Modern Science." Journal of Moral Education 47.3 (2018): 272–88.

  • Dumler-Winckler, Emily. "Distinguishing Intellectual and Moral Virtues in the Practices of Modern Science." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 5.1 (2018): 80–103.

  • Dumler-Winckler, Emily. "Emersonian Virtues of the Anthropocene: Faith, Hope, and Love." Zygon 53.4 (2018) 971–91.

  • Dumler-Winckler, Emily. "The Virtue of Emerson’s Imitation of Christ." Journal of Religious Ethics 45.3 (2017): 510–38.


Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science

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