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

  • "Babel's Children: Reconstructing the Common Good," in The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, 1998.
  • "Public Reason and the Common Good," Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998.
  • "Rights of Passage: Immigration and Refugee Policy,"  Theological Studies, 1998.
  • "Children of Babel: Belonging in Postmodern Society," The Way, 1998.
  • "Commonweal or Woe? The Ethics of Welfare Reform," Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 1997.