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Philosophy and World Religions

Faculty: Abbylynn Helgevold

Instructor

"I find studying religious and philosophical thought to be incredibly energizing. As a person who has always been interested in thinking deeply about what it means to be happy and what it takes to live well. I frequently feel very lucky that I am able, on a daily basis, to explore how different traditions and thinkers address such questions. In this field I have found an abundance of valuable resources for thinking about how to live in the complicated circumstances we face as human beings. My research and teaching allows me to wrestle with profoundly challenging issues that can sometimes undermine our ability to function well together in a diverse society. I hope to encourage striving for understanding as it is such a crucial step in building strong communities in which people can thrive."

Contact:

abbylynn.helgevold@uni.edu

Bartlett 1093

(319) 273-6324

Education: 

Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Iowa

BA, Women's Studies, Iowas State University

Research and Teaching Interests:

Religious Ethics, Virtue Ethics, Applied Ethics (primarily in the filds of Sexual Ethics, Business Ethics, and Ethics and Technology), Cross-Cultural Ethics, and Religion and Civic Life.

Regularly Taught Classes: Humanities, Ethics in Business, Good Sex: The Ethics of Human Sexuality
In Process: "I am currently working on an article that is an exercise in comparative ethics. It compares the thought of Aquinas with that of Spinoza with regard to the nature of humility and the degree to which it supports or detracts from human happiness. I am also in the very early stages of research regarding the ethics of using technology in the classroom."
Selected Publications:

2014 (Forthcoming), Review. Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking, by Yvonne C. Zimmerman. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.

2012, Review. Religion and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness, by Luke Bretherton; Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church, by William Cavanaugh. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Spring/Summer 2012 Vol. 32.1

Selected Presentations:

2013, "Challenging the Traditional 'Canon': Teaching Strategies, Curricular Resources, Institutional Responsibilities." Panel Participant for the Pedagogy Interest Group during the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, IL.

2012, "Magnanimity, Humility, and the Hope for Perfection." Presented at the Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

2009, "Human Excellence and Natural Limits: An Exploration of Humility's Contribution to Human Flourishing." Presented at the Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

2008, "The Height of Forgiveness and the Depth of Fault: Paul Ricoeur on Forgiveness and Self-Respect." Presented at the annual Upper Midwest Regional AAR Conference, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Professional Awards:

2012, E.P. Adler Award for Academic Excellence. Presented by University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies.

2010, Summer Dissertation Fellowship. Granted by the Graduate College, University of Iowa.

2010, John P. Boyle Award for excellence in research and teaching in Catholic Studies. Presented by University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies.

2009, Louis Penningroth Award for teaching and mentoring. Presented by University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies.