Graduate Theological Union

William R. O'Neill (SJ)

William R. O'NeillJesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Associate Professor of Social Ethics
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1988

Ph. D., Yale University, 1988
M. Phil., Yale University, 1986
M.A., Yale University, 1984
S.T.L., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1985
S.T.M., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1982
M. Div., The Jesuit School of Theo. at Berkeley, 1981
B.A., St. Louis University, 1976

Phone: 510/549-5036

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Issues in Human Rights; The Rhetoric of Human Rights
  • Ethics of Social Reconciliation
  • History of Western Social Thought
  • Christian Social Ethics; Ethical Methodology; Ethics and Hermeneutical Theory
  • International and Domestic Justice
  • Theological Inculturation of Ethics

Selected Publications

  • The Ethics of Our Climate: Hermeneutics and Ethical Theory, Georgetown University Press, 1994.
  • "'And You Welcomed Me': Solidarity with Migrants," Journal of Political Theology, 2014.
  • "Mediating Between Thick Invocations of the Common Good and Thin Appeals to Human Rights: The Case of South Africa," International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 2012.
  • "A Little Common Sense: The Ethics of Immigration in Catholic Social Teaching," Two Views of Social Justice, edited by Kenneth R. Lord, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • "Restoring Peace: Toward a Conversation between the Just War and the Reconciliation Traditions," with Matthew Gaudet, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 2011.