Craig Iffland

Graduate Student Scholar

Craig Iffland


M.T.S., Moral Theology, University Notre Dame
M.Litt., Philosophy, University of St. Andrews
B.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Law, Religious Studies, University of Virginia


Craig Iffland is a doctoral student in Moral Theology. His dissertation research examines the moral and legal justifications offered by the United States for the permissibility of "targeted killing" and collateral damage in its "War on Terror." The dissertation touches on central topics in Catholic moral theology: intention and double-effect, the normative scope and applicability of the biblical prohibition on killing, and just war theory. More broadly, his research interests include the philosophical anthropology of Thomas Aquinas, especially his views on human and non-human animal cognition and action, the Catholic origins of subjective rights of due process, and the history of Catholic moral theology. He is the editor (with Ana Marta Gonz”lez) of Care Professions and Globalization: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (Palgrave 2014) and a forthcoming edited volume (with John O'Callaghan) entitled Intention & Double Effect: Theoretical and Practical Challenges. Craig also serves as a Visiting Research Fellow in International Law and Ethics at the Afro-Middle East Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Notre Dame-USAID Global Development Fellowship program. His research in Johannesburg focuses on the parallel justifications of the infliction of collateral damage on noncombatants offered by the United States, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

Selected Publications


Human Distinctiveness

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