Matthew Puffer

Matthew Puffer

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Matthew Puffer received a PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) from the University of Virginia in 2014. His research explores the implications of different normative visions of the human person in religious and practical ethics. Puffer holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. He has published articles on the ethics of war, lying, and responsible action in Modern Theology, in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, and in edited volumes. He co-edited the forthcoming four-volume collection, Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works. His dissertation, “Augustine On the Image of God: An Ethical Analysis,” examines the relationship between Augustine’s anthropology and ethics as his writings about the “image of God” evolve over a half-century of letters, sermons, and treatises. Puffer’s current research focuses on competing conceptions of “human dignity,” drawing upon moral anthropology and comparative religious ethics to examine the diverse sources and uses of human dignity in environmental, biomedical, and public health ethics.

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