Senior Lecturer, Theology and Ethics
David has interests in theology, ethics and philosophy. Prior to arriving at Edinburgh, he held positions at the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter.
BA(Hons) MPhil PhD FHEA
THET08015 Ethics and Society
This course combines philosophical and theological approaches to ethics, bringing together key texts and practical issues. It surveys different possible sources of ethics and focuses on command, virtue, conscience, utility, freedom, community and narrative.
THET10016 Metaphysics and Morality
This course examines the relationship between metaphysics and morality in German philosophy from Kant to Arendt, including the place of God and religion. It is for 3rd and 4th year students in the School of Divinity, inclding those also studying Philosophy. The other major figures studied are Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger.
THET10052 Consuming Practice: Food in Christian Religion
This course explores fascinating and sometimes bizarre Christian traditions of food and eating in order to understand consumption, addiction and abstinence today. Bringing together material from biblical studies, history, theology and social theory, it is for 3rd and 4th year students in the School of Divinity and for visiting students.
THET10057 Regarding the Other: Theological Ethics in Continental Perspective
This course examines recent theories of the person and relationships between people developed or used by Christian ethicists. It is for 3rd and 4th year students in the School of Divinity, including those also studying Philosophy, and for visiting students. The major ethicists studied are Levinas, Ricoeur, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty and Bonhoeffer.
THET11039 Key Thinkers in Science and Religion
David's interests span theology, ethics and philosophy. He has published extensively on aspects of modern French Catholic theology, including the work of Henri de Lubac, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Maurice Blondel and Yves de Montcheuil. He has also produced work on theology and food, in which he seeks to recover and rearticulate a distinctively Christian ethics of eating for the present day.
His major book Material Eucharist was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
You can find out more about David's research publications from his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.