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Professor Maureen Junker-Kenny

Fellow Emeritus (School of Religion)


Born in Münster/Westf., Germany, German and Irish nationalities. Maureen Junker-Kenny did M.A.s (Staatsexamen) in English, Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the universities of Tübingen and Münster. She completed a Ph.D. on F. Schleiermacher's Christology and theory of religion at the university of Münster in 1989 and her Habilitation on J. Habermas's discourse ethics in Tübingen in 1996 where she was a lecturer before coming to Trinity College Dublin in 1993. She was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1998. She served as Head of Department of the School of Hebrew, Biblical and Theological Studies from 1997-2000, and of the renamed Department of Religions & Theology from 2012-2018. From 2011-2013, she was Head of the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, now School of Religion.
  Biomedical Ethics   Christian ethics and philosophical social ethics   Contemporary Theology and Hermeneutics   Critical theory and Theology   Philosophy of religion   Religion in Modernity   Religion in pluralist democracies   Religion in the Public Sphere   Theology at the University   Theology in the Public Sphere
 The reception of Paul Ricoeur's work in German- and English-speaking theology
 The Bold Arcs of Salvation History (Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, January 2022, Paperback October 2023)
 Self, Christ and God in Schleiermacher's Dogmatics. A Theology Reconceived for Modernity (Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, 2020)
 Approaches to Theological Ethics - Sources, Traditions, Visions
 DAAD Senior Research Fellowship

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International and Specialist Advisor to Studies in Christian Ethics 2018 -
Elected Member of the Presidium of the European Society of Catholic Theology September 2017 - 2021
Elected Member of the Board of the Societas Ethica August 2017 - 2021
Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Tübingen, Germany; 2010 -
Member of the International Advisory Board of European Theology (ET) Studies; 2014-
Co-Editor of Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies 2010-
Co-Editor of Series Practical Theology in the Discourse of the Humanities 2007 - 2021
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Fluent
German Fluent Fluent Fluent
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
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Irish Theological Association 1993 ongoing
European Society for Catholic Theology; (Co-founder of Irish section with Prof. Eamonn Conway) 1996 ongoing
Internationale Schleiermacher Gesellschaft 1999 ongoing
Society for Ricoeur Studies 2010 ongoing
Societas Ethica. Research Society for Philosophical and Theological Ethics 2001; 2017 ongoing
European Academy of Religion 2021-
Junker-Kenny, "Paul Ricoeur"s Philosophy of Religion", International Seminar, University of South Bohemia in "eské Bud"jovice, Czech Republic, January 30/31, 2024, Faculty of Theology, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Defining what is "extraterritorial": Religion and Utopia in Habermas and Ricoeur, in, editor(s)Herta Nagl-Docekal/Waldemar Zacharasiewicz , Religion in the Secular Age. Perspectives from the Humanities, Berlin - Boston, De Gruyter, 2023, pp123 - 140, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
"Person and Work of Christ" in, editor(s)Andrew Dole/ Shelli Poe/ Kevin Vander Schel , Oxford Handbook of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Oxford, OUP, 2023, pp319 - 334, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Conditions of Communicative Action: Schleiermacher"s Conception of Language and Theory of Religion in Habermas"s Reconstruction in, editor(s)Christian Berner, Sarah Schmidt, Brent Sockness, Denis Thouard , Kommunikation in Philosophie, Religion und Gesellschaft. Internationaler Schleiermacher-Kongress Mai 2021, Berlin / Boston, De Gruyter, 2023, pp65 - 79, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Der Ort Friedrich Schleiermachers als Sprachtheoretiker und als Theologe der Moderne im nachmetaphysischen Denken. Eine subjektivitätstheoretische Analyse in, editor(s)Langthaler, Rudolf, and Schelkshorn, Hans , Okzidentale Konstellationen zwischen Glauben und Wissen. Beiträge zu Jürgen Habermas" Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie. Mit einer Replik von Jürgen Habermas, Darmstadt, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2023, pp257 - 276, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Junker-Kenny, Religion and Utopia in Habermas and Ricoeur, Purdue University, 30 October 2023, 2023, Notes: [This talk will explore the relationship between religion and reason as envisioned by Habermas and Ricoeur. Is religion something "extraterritorial" and foreign to reason itself? Does it have resources beyond those of reason for renewing the dwindling motivation for solidarity? The talk will look at the relationship between religion and hope as put forward by Kant and critically assess the reception by both Habermas and Ricoeur.], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Junker-Kenny, Defining the `extraterritorial': Habermas and Ricoeur on Religion and Reason, Richard McCormick SJ Chair of Moral Theology Lecture, Loyola University Chicago , 26 Oct 2023, 2023, Richard McCormick Endowed Chair of Ethics, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Junker-Kenny, Representing transcendence in the system of sciences? Conceptions of theology and their legitimation, European Theology Studies , 14, (2), 2023, p187 - 203, Notes: [Issue Title: Future of Theology in Europe], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Junker-Kenny, "The Bold Arcs of Salvation History". Faith and Reason in Jürgen Habermas's Reconstruction of the Roots of European Thinking, 1st, Berlin and Boston, De Gruyter, 2022, XVIII+288pp, Notes: [In Also a History of Philosophy (2019) Jürgen Habermas charts the contingent origins of occidental thinking through to the current "postmetaphysical" stage. The encounter of Greek metaphysics with biblical monotheism leads to a theology of history as salvation, expanding in bold arcs from Adam's Fall to Christ and the Last Judgement. His masterful reconstruction of key turns is examined from exegetical, theological and philosophical perspectives.], Book, PUBLISHED
Discovering an entangled freedom: Philosophical and theological perspectives on symbols and myths of evil in, editor(s)Azadeh Thiriez-Arjangi, Geoffrey Dierckxsens, Michael Deckard, Andrés Bruzzone , Evil and the Symbolic: Ricoeur reading Freud, Berlin and Boston, De Gruyter, 2022, pp21 - 44, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI

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The Irreversibility of Time and the Ability to Be a Self in, editor(s)Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, Aldegonde , Marriage - Constancy and Change , Muenster, LIT-Verlag, 2017, pp234 - 243, [Junker-Kenny], Notes: [Trans. Brian McNeil, of Ununmkehrbarkeit der Zeit und Selbstseinkoennen], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Unumkehrbarkeit der Zeit und Selbstseinkoennen in, editor(s)Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, Aldegonde , Ehe - Bestand und Wandel im Miteinander, Muenster, LIT Verlag, 2017, pp266 - 275, [Junker-Kenny], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Junker-Kenny M., The Church of Vatican II: German Theologians in Debate with Cardinal Ratzinger, Doctrine and Life, 55, 2005, p21 - 28, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
DAAD Senior Research Fellowship 2014
Visiting Fellowship to the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy 2011
2009 European Cultural Exchange - Bilateral Agreements (International Section, Department of Education & Science, Dublin) 2009
Berkeley Fellowship 2002/03
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 1998
PhD Summa cum laude, University of Münster 1989
Cusanuswerk Scholarship for doctoral research 1983-85