Scott Dunham

Scott DunhamBiographical sketch:

I attended UNB as an undergraduate student in Philosophy in the 1980s. I completed two master’s degrees at Acadia University and a Ph.D. at McMaster University in Religious Studies, in the area of Western religious thought. I have also lived in Victoria where I worked at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, and in Vancouver where I was at Regent College. I am currently an instructor at the University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads University.

Research interests:

My research interests are at the nexus where theology intersects with ethics, particularly in relation to environmental thought.
I hope to show how the contextually sensitive understanding of the history of theological thought in the classical and medieval West can be fruitful for appreciating a issues in ecological ethics. My specific interests and recent publications have been on Augustine and how his thought relates to questions in science and environmental ethics.
Currently I am working on the thought of Aldo Leopold, a twentieth century forester whose work in environmental ethics dramatically shaped the discipline. His approach to ethics has much in common with premodern ethics. In particular, I am exploring the importance of beauty in his environmental ethics and how it compares with earlier views of the beauty of creation in biblical literature, Augustine, and Anslem.

Publications

  • 2013 “Virtuous communities, virtuous ecosystems.” Paper given as part of a series of panel discussions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Decision-Making, & Environmental Public Policy, at the University of New Brunswick, March 20, 2013.
  • 2012 “Augustine and Aldo Leopold on the Beautiful & Ecological Ethics” (8 hour course), Anglican Clergy Conference, Fredericton, NB, June 18-19, 2012.
  • 2012 “Saint Augustine, De Trinitate [On the Trinity]”, In The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. William Dominik. http://www.litencyc.com/index.php. London: The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
  • 2012 “Creaturely Salvation in Augustine.” In Creation and Salvation: A Mosaic of Selected Classic Christian Theologies, vol. 1, ed. E. Conradie. Berlin: LIT Verlag.

Contact Information:

Scott Dunham

Office: Carleton Hall, Room 232
Phone: (506) 453-5073