Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara CA 95053-0335
t: (408) 554-5715
f: (408) 554-2373

Location: Kenna Hall

David DeCosse, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor

David DeCosse received his A.B. from Harvard University, an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, an M.A. in theology from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College. He has worked as a journalist and editor, including a stint at Doubleday Publishing Company. He has taught in the Religious Studies Department since 1999. He has been Director of Campus Ethics Programs at SCU since 2002. His research interests focus on the intersection of Catholic social thought, moral agency, and democracy.

TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
TESP 45 Christian Ethics
TESP 143 Theology and Ethics of Thomas Aquinas
TESP 159 Ethics of War and Peace
TESP 163 Christianity and Politics
ENGR 310 Engineering Ethics

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)
“The Danish Cartoons Reconsidered: Catholic Social Teaching and the Contemporary Challenge of Freedom of Speech,” Theological Studies 71.1 (March 2010): 101-132
“Freedom of the Press and Catholic Social Thought: Reflections on the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church in the United States,” Theological Studies 68.4 (December 2007): 865-899
“Authority, Lies, and War: Democracy and the Development of Just War Theory,” Theological Studies 67.2 (June 2006): 378-394. Reprinted in Credereoggi, “Theology in North America,” n. 164 (March-April 2008)
But Was It Just? Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War ed. and intro. David E. DeCosse (New York: Doubleday, 1992). Edited essays by Michael Walzer, George Weigel, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Stanley Hauerwas, Sari Nusseibeh, and the editors of La Civilta Cattolica.

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