Princeton, NJ 08544-1006
Office Phone: (609) 258-4485
Office location: Rm. 241, Seventy-Nine Hall
FAX: (609) 258-2346
Email address: email@example.com
Full name: Jeffrey Lee Stout
Title: Professor of Religion
Born: September 11, 1950, Trenton, NJ
Married: June 2, 1973, to Sally Jane Starkey
Children: Suzannah Elizabeth Stout (1977), Noah Jonathan Stout (1980), Samuel Livingston Stout (1983)
1968-72: Brown University. A.B., magna cum laude et cum honoribus, religious studies, 1972.
1972-76: Princeton University, Ph.D., religion, 1976.
1975-76: Instructor of Religion, Princeton University
1976-77: Melancthon Jacobus Instuctor of Religion, Princeton University
1977-83: Assistant Professor of Religion, Princeton University
1983-88: Associate Professor of Religion, Princeton University
1988- : Professor of Religion, Princeton University
1989-92: Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Princeton University
1992-99: Chair, Department of Religion, Princeton University
2002-03: Acting Chair, Department of Religion, Princeton University
Associated Faculty Status: Philosophy, Politics, Center for Human Values, Center for the Study of Religion
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member
American Academy of Religion, member (president, 2007)
Board of Trustees, Anthology Film Archives (2009-)
Society of Christian Ethics, member
Contributing Editor, Journal of Religious Ethics, 2002-
Chair, Board of Trustees, Journal of Religious Ethics (until January, 2002)
Board of Trustees, Journal of Religious Ethics
Editorial Board, Journal of Religious Ethics
Editorial Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Ethics
Co-editor (with Wayne Proudfoot and Nicholas Wolterstorff), Cambridge University Press Series on Religion and Critical Thought
Editorial Board, Princeton University Press, 2000-2004 (Chair, 2004)
Board of Trustees, Princeton University Press, 2000-2004
Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees, Princeton University Press, December 2002-December 2004
Editorial Board, Contemporary Pragmatism, 2004-
Editorial Board, Theology Today, 2007-.
The Flight from Authority: Religion, Morality, and the Quest for Autonomy. Vol. 1 in the series, Revisions, ed. Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981. Paperback edition, 1987.
Ethics after Babel: The Languages of Morals and Their Discontents. Boston: Beacon Press, 1988. U.K. edition, James Clark, 1990. Paperback edition, 1990. Winner of the 1989 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence. Expanded edition published in January, 2001, Princeton University Press, with a new postscript by the author.
(Princeton: Princeton University Press in association with
Hebrew Union College Press, 2004). Paperback edition, 2005.
Winner of the 2004 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence.
Russian translation in progress: Moskow, Russia: Progress/Tradition Publishers.
Grammar and Grace: Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein, edited by Robert MacSwain and Jeffrey Stout (SCM Press, 2004).
Are the Organized (tentative
title, Princeton University Press).
Longterm projects: books on
and film, religion and critical thought.
CAMBRIDGE SERIES ON RELIGION AND
Co-editor (with Wayne Proudfoot and Nicholas Wolterstorff), Cambridge University Press Series on Religion and Critical Thought
Including the following edited volumes:
1. Van Harvey, Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion. 1997
2. Nicholas Wolterstorff, John Locke and the Ethics of Belief. 1996
3. Jennifer A. Herdt, Religion and Faction in Hume's Moral Philosophy. 1997
4. Richard J. Bernstein, Freud and the Legacy of Moses. 1998
5. David C. Lamberth, William James and the Metaphysics of Experience. 1999
6. John Bowlin, Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas's Ethics. 1999
7. Timothy P. Jackson, Love Disconsoled. 1999
8. William D. Hart, Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture. 2000
9. Amy Laura Hall, Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love. 2002
"In Quest of Standards of Judgment." Paideia 1 (March 1975), pp. 6-10.
"Metaethics and the Death of Meaning: Adams' Tantalizing Closing." Journal of Religious Ethics 6/1 (Spring 1978), pp. 1-18.
"Buddhism Beyond Morality: A Note on Two Senses of Transcendence." Journal of Religious Ethics 6/2 (Fall 1978), pp. 319-326.
"Redirecting Inquiry in the Religion-Morality Debate." Religious Studies 16/2 (Spring 1980), pp. 229-237.
"Weber's Progeny, Once Removed." Religious Studies Review 6/4 (October 1980), pp. 289-295.
"What is the Meaning of a Text?" New Literary History 14 (1982), pp. 1-12.
"The Problem of Meaning: A Reply to Belsey." New Literary History 14 (1982), pp. 183-184.
"The Philosophical Interest of the Hebrew-Christian Moral Tradition." The Thomist 47/2 (1983), pp. 165-196.
"Moral Abominations." Soundings 66/1 (1983), pp. 5-23.
"The Voice of Theology in Contemporary Culture." In Religion and America: Spirituality in a Secular Age, ed. Mary Douglas and Steven M. Tipton (Boston: Beacon Press, 1983), pp. 249-261.
"Holism and Comparative Ethics: A Response to Little." Journal of Religious Ethics 11/2 (Fall 1983), pp. 301-316.
"Virtue among the Ruins: An Essay on MacIntyre." Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 26/3 (1984), pp.256-273.
Entries on "Behaviorism," "Idealist Ethics," "Positivism," and "Tradition in Ethics," in Dictionary of Christian Ethics, ed. James F. Childress and John Macquarrie (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1986), pp. 57, 288-290, 487, 629-631.
"The Relativity of Interpretation." The Monist 69/1 (1986), pp. 103-118.
"Liberal Society and the Languages of Morals," Soundings 69/1-2 (1986), pp. 32-59.
"A Lexicon of Postmodern Philosophy," Religious Studies Review 13/1 (1987), pp. 18-22.
"Naturalism," in The Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. Mircea Eliade (New York: Macmillan, 1987), vol. 10, pp. 314-318.
"David Tracy's Plurality and Ambiguity," Theology Today 44/4 (1988), pp. 503-508.
An excerpt from Ethics after Babel, This World 21 (Spring 1988), pp. 59-77.
"Homeward Bound: MacIntyre on Liberal Society and the History of Ethics," Journal of Religion 69/2, pp. 220-232.
"Response," in a book symposium on Ethics after Babel in Theology Today 46/1, pp. 69-73.
"Justice and Resort to War: A Sampling of Christian Ethical Thinking," in Cross, Crescent and Sword, edited by James Turner Johnson and John Kelsay (Greenwood Press, 1990), pp. 3-33.
"Ism-Mongering," The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, edited by D. M. Yeager (1990), pp. 55-62.
"Ramsey and Others on Nuclear Ethics," in Journal of Religious Ethics 19/2 (1991):209-237.
"Modernity without Essence," Soundings 74/3-4 (Fall/Winter, 1991):525-540.
"Truth, Natural Law, and Ethical Theory," in Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays, edited by Robert P. George (Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 71-102.
"On Having a Morality in Common," in Prospects for a Common Morality, edited by Gene Outka and John P. Reeder (Princeton University Press, 1993), pp. 215-32.
"The Rhetoric of Revolution," in Religion and Practical Reason, edited by Frank E. Reynolds and David Tracy (SUNY, 1994), pp. 329-62.
"Commitments and Traditions in the Study of Religious Ethics," Journal of Religious Ethics 25.3 (25th Anniversary Supplement, 1998), pp. 23-56.
"Hans Frei and Anselmian Theology," in Ten Year Commemoration to the Life of Hans Frei (1922-1988), edited by Giorgy Olegovich (New York: Semenenko Foundation, 1999), pp. 24-40.
"Walzer on Exodus and Prophecy," in Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich, edited by Ted Vial and Mark Hadley (Providence, R.I.: Brown Judaic Studies, 2001), pp. 307-338.
"Theses on Black Nationalism," in Is It Nation Time?, edited by Eddie Glaude, Jr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), pp. 234-256.
"Moral Abominations," reprint of Ethics after Babel, chap. 7, in Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings, edited by Eugene F. Rogers, Jr. (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 137-153.
"Radical Interpretation and Pragmatism: Davidson, Rorty, and Brandom on Truth," in Radical Interpretation in Religion, edited by Nancy Frankenberry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002), pp. 25-52.
"How Charity Transcends the Culture Wars: Rogers and Others on Same-Sex Marriage," Journal of Religious Ethics 31.2 (2003):169-180.
"Not of This World: Stanley Hauerwas and Liberal Democracy," Commonweal 130.17 (October 10, 2003):14-20.
"Breaking the Waves," in The Hidden God: Film and Faith, edited by Mary Lea Bandy and Antonio Monda (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2003), 215-222.
"Virtue and the Way of the World: Reflections on Hauerwas," in The Sources of Public Morality--On the ethics and religion debate, edited by Ulrik Nissen, Svend Andersen, and Lars Reuter (LIT Verlag, 2003), pp. 59-74.
Symposium on Playing God?
Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate
by John H. Evans, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics,
and Politics," in One Electorate
God? A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics, edited
by E.J. Dionne Jr., Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Kayla M. Drogosz
D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2004), 194-199.
(with Noah Stout), "Cinema Arcadia," Film Comment, Vol. 40,
5 (Sept./Oct. 2004):64-65.
"Religious Premises in Political Argument," in Religion in the Liberal Polity, edited by Terence Cuneo (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005), 157-172.
"Responses to Five Papers on Democracy and
Tradition," in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal,
Vol. 87.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2004) [actually published in July 2005]:
"A Conversation We Ought To Be Having over
Adoption," in The Morality of Adoption: Social-Psychological,
Theological, and Legal Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. Jackson
MI: Eerdmans, 2005):117-127.
“A House Founded on the Sea: Is Democracy a Dictatorship of Relativism?” Common Knowledge, 13:2-3 (Spring-Fall 2007): 385-403.
"Socrates, Euthyphro, and Nielsen," in Reason and Emancipation: Essays on
the Philosophy of Kai Nielsen, edited by Michel Seymour and
Matthias Fritsch (New York: Humanities Books, 2007), 19-27.
"A Prophetic Church in a Post-Constantinian Age: The Implicit
Theology of Cornel West," Contemporary
Pragmatism 4.1 (June 2007): 39-45.
"Rorty at Princeton," New
Literary History, 39.1 (Winter 2008): 29-33.
"2007 Presidential Address: The Folly of Secularism," Journal of the American Academy of
Religion, 76 (September 2008): 533-544.
"Adams on the Nature of Obligation," in Metaphysics and the Good: Themes
from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, edited by Samuel
Newlands and Larry M. Jorgensen (Oxford: Oxford University Press,
"The Concept of Religion," in a volume on the study of religion
by Brad Verter.
Forthcoming articles and chapters:
The Divine Image: The Foundation of Christian Morality by Keith Ward. Religious Studies Review 3/4 (October 1977), p. 266.
Meaning and the Moral Sciences by Hilary Putnam. Religious Studies Review 5/2 (April 1979), p. 149.
Language and Responsibilty by Noam Chomsky. Religious Studies Review 6/1 (January 1980), p. 49.
The Moral Status of Animals by Stephen Clark. Religious Studies Review 6/1 (January 1980), p. 52.
History of Christian Ethics, Vol. 1, by George Wolfgang Forell. Ethics 91/2 (January 1981), pp. 328-329.
Essays on Aristotle's Ethics edited by Amelie Oksenberg Rorty. Religious Studies Review 8/2 (April 1982), p. 170.
Authority in Morals: An Essay in Christian Ethics by Gerald J. Hughes. Religious Studies Review 9/1 (1983), p. 59.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Kai Nielsen. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 22/4 (1983), pp. 396-397.
Philosophical Explanations by Robert Nozick. Journal of Religion (January 1985), pp. 133-134.
Cosmogony and Ethical Order, ed. Robin Lovin and Frank Reynolds. Religious Studies Review 12/2 (1986), p. 147.
Philosophy in History: Essays in the Historiography of Philosophy, ed. Richard Rorty, J. B. Schneewind, and Quentin Skinner. Religious Studies Review 13/3 (1987), pp. 233-234.
Suffering Presence by Stanley Hauerwas. Theology Today 44/1 (1987), pp. 124-126.
Moral Relativity by David Wong. Religious Studies Review.
The Cunning of Modern Religious Thought by David S. Pacini. Journal of Religion .
Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation, by Alan Wolfe. Dissent (Summer 1990):407-410.
A Catholic Modernity?: Charles Taylor's Marianist Award Lecture, ed. James L. Heft. Philosophy in Review/Comptes Rendus Philosophiques 21/6 (December, 2001):431-433.
What We Owe to
Each Other, by T. M. Scanlon. Common Knowledge 8/2
"The Religion-Morality Problem: Metaphilosophical Reflections," University of Illinois (Urbana), April 1976.
"Kantian Hermeneutics and Religious Ethics: The Role of Conceptual Analysis in Historical Inquiry," American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, December 1977.
"Comparative Religious Ethics," Amherst College, October 1978.
"MacIntyre's Dramatic Narratives," American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November 1978.
"Frankena on Religion, Morality, and Logical Dependence," Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, May 1981, Douglass College, New Brunswick, N.J.
"What is the Meaning of a Text?" American
Academy of Religion, San Francisco, December 1981.
"Moral Abominations," Yale University, April 1982.
"Virtue Among the Ruins," Department of Philosophy, University of Houston, April 1983.
"Reflections on Donagan," Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, June 1983.
"McCann on Habermas," Society of Christian Ethics, Philadelphia, January 1984.
"Justice and War," Alumni Day Lecture, Princeton University, February 1984.
"Reflections on Virtue and War," American Academy of Religion, November 1985.
"Yearley on Mencius and Aquinas," University of Chicago, October 1986.
"Liberal Society and Its Discontents," University of North Carolina, Greensboro, March 1987; Steel Center, Conway, Arkansas, February 1988; University of Rochester, March 1988; Lehigh University, May 1988.
"Relativity and Rabbinical Reasoning: A Response to Howard Eilberg-Schwartz," University of Chicago, October 1987.
"Hans Frei and Anselmian Theology," American Academy of Religion, November 1987.
"Critical Distance: Michael Walzer and Social Criticism," Society of Christian Ethics, January 1988.
"Revolution and the Limits of Moral Reasoning," University of Chicago, April 1988.
"Homeward Bound: MacIntyre on Liberal Society and the History of Ethics," American Political Science Association, September 1988; Brown University, September 1988; Lehigh University, December 1988.
"Beyond Modernity?" Harvard University, November 1988.
"Justice, Resort to War, and the Diversity of Christian Ethics," Rutgers University, March 1989.
"Pragmatic Reflections on the End of Modernity," University of Virginia, February 1989; University of Colorado at Boulder, October 1989.
Response to Christopher Hill's Tanner Lecture on Human Values, University of Michigan, Fall 1991.
"Reflections on Socrates and Euthyphro," lecture sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, December 1991.
"Was Jesus a Great Moral Teacher?" in the Distinguished Lecture Series, Oberlin College, March 1992.
"Jesus" and "Exemplary Lives and Experimental Selves," the Niebuhr Lectures, Elmhurst College, April 1992.
"The Critical Theorist and Her Other: Reflections on Benhabib," Society of Christian Ethics, January, 1996.
"The First Student-Athlete," Princeton University, spring 1997.
"The Ethics of Piety," the Efroymson Lectures, Hebrew Union College, spring 1997.
"Piety, Democracy, and the Question of Character," University of Richmond, spring 1998.
"The Ethics of Example," University of Virginia, spring 1998.
"The Question of Character," West Virginia University, March 1999.
"Radical Interpretation and Pragmatism: Davidson, Rorty, and Brandom on Truth," Dartmouth College, October 2000.
"Virtue and the Way of the World: Reflections on Hauerwas," Societas Ethica, Berlin, August 2001.
"Virtue and the Way of the World: Reflections on Hauerwas," lounge seminar, Department of Religion, Princeton, October 2001.
"The Question of Character," American Maritain Association, Princeton, October, 2002.
"A Response to Evans's Playing God?" Society of Christian Ethics, January, 2003.
"Jocks and Nerds: Origins and Consequences of the Student-Athlete Ideal," Villanova University, March 2003.
"Virtue and the Way of the World: Reflections on Hauerwas," Villanova University, March 2003.
"Virtue and the Way of the World: Reflections on Hauerwas," Princeton Theological Seminary, spring 2003.
"A Conversation We Ought To Be Having about Same-Sex Marriage," Emory University, March 2003.
"The Ethics of Piety: A Reading of the Euthyphro," Political Philosophy Colloquium, Princeton University, September 2003.
"Socrates, Euthyphro, and Nielsen," Concordia University, October 2003.
"A Response to Finnis," Conference on Faith and the Challenges of Secularism, Princeton University, October 2003.
"Categories and Commitments in the Study of Religion," Reflections on the Study of Religion Conference, Princeton University, October 2003.
"Democracy and Tradition: a Response to Hauerwas, Rorty, and West," American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, November 2003.
"Reflections on the Field of Ethics," Harvard University, January 2004.
"Remarks on Religion and Politics," Nassau Presbyterian Church, February 2004.
University of Richmond, April 2004.
University Seminar, Columbia University, April 2004.
and the Cultural Sources of Bias," Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,
"The Spirit of Democracy" and "A Response to Critics" in a conference on Democracy and Tradition, University of Tennessee, October 6-9, 2004.
University of Notre Dame, November 4-5, 2004.
"The Christian Case for Radical Democracy: Reflections on Cornel West," American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, November 22, 2004.
"The Spirit of Democracy," Columbia Legal Theory Workshop, November 29, 2004.
"The Spirit of Democracy," Yale Center for
Faith and Culture, April 7, 2005.
"The Ethics of Piety," Yale University,
Department of Philosophy, April 8-9, 2005.
John Albert Hall Lectures, University of
Victoria, B.C., Canada, October 26 and 27, November 2 and 3, 2005.
"The Spirit of Democracy," New College,
Florida, January 31, 2006.
Priestley Lectures, University College,
of Toronto, February 7-9, 2006.
"The Spirit of Democracy," Arizona State
February 22-23, 2006.
"The Spirit of Democracy," Central Michigan
February 28, 2006.
Jellema Lectures, Calvin College, March 1-2,
"The Spirit of Democracy and the Rhetoric of
Duke University, March 31, 2006.
"Rorty on Religion and Politics," Temple
April 6, 2006.
"The Spirit of Democracy," LaSalle University,
"The Spirit of Democracy," Georgia State
April 26, 2006.
"Democracy and Tradition," Emory University,
"Democracy and Tradition," Industrial Areas
Los Angeles, July, 2006.
"Remarks on Coles," American Political Science
"The Spirit of Democracy," Lebanon Valley
American Academy of Religion, November, 2006.
"Democracy, Religion, and Secularism,"
Industial Areas Foundation,
New Orleans, January, 2007.
"Mending the Fire,"
University, April, 2007.
"A Light That Shines in
the Darkness: Evil, Egotism, and the Sacred in Film," Stone
Lectures, Princeton Theological Seminary, September-November, 2007.
Director of Graduate Studies, 6 yrs.
Director of I.B.M. Computer Project, 1 yr.
Departmental Representative (directs undergraduate program), 2 yrs.
Leader of Lounge Seminars, 3 yrs.
Chair of search committee, 2000-01.
Departmental Representative to Society of Fellows selection process, 2001-02.
Acting Chair, 2002-2003.
Departmental Committee on Undergraduate Studies, 2003-04.
Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies, current.
EXAMPLES OF COURSES TAUGHT
Undergraduate Religion Courses: Religion and Ethical Theory; Religion and Its Critics; Christian Ethics and Modern Society; Religion and Contemporary Philosophy: Dewey, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein; Religion in Modern Thought and Film.
Graduate Religion Courses: Philosophy and the Study of Religion, Religion and the Tradition of Social Theory, Studies in Theology, Studies in Religion and Philosophy, Studies in Religion and Morality.
Undergraduate Humanities Course: Resistance, Rebellion, and Death.
Religion and Visual Arts: Religion and Cinema (co-taught with P. Adams Sitney, Visual Arts).
Graduate Humanities Course: Social Criticism (co-taught with David Bromwich, English).
Freshman Seminars: Comparative Ethics,
The Sporting Spirit, Sports and Value.