Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Hille Haker, PhD

Title/s:  Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Catholic Moral Theology

Office #:  Crown Center 319

Phone: 773.508.2368


CV Link: Haker CV

External Webpage: http://hillehaker.com/


Hille Haker, Richard A. McCormick, S.J., Chair of Moral Theology

Hille Haker, Ph.D., holds the Richard McCormick S.J. Endowed Chair of Catholic Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on the foundations of ethics, moral identity, literary & narrative ethics, Christian ethics as critical social ethics, bioethics, and feminist ethics.

Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Haker was Chair of Moral Theology and Social Ethics in the Catholic Theology Department of Frankfurt University (2005 to 2009), Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Harvard Divinity School (2003 to 2005), and Heisenberg Research Scholar (2002–2003). She holds a Ph.D (1998) and Habilitation (2002) in Christian Theological Ethics from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

From 2015-2018, Hille Haker served as the President of Societas Ethica, European Society for Research in Ethics. She served on the editorial board of the International Journal Concilium for many years and in this role co-edited nine journal issues.
While working in Germany, she was a member of several Bioethics Committees, including the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission from 2005-2015, the German Ethics Committee of the Federal Physicians Chamber, and the Bioethics Committee of the German Bishops Conference.

Her most recent work is Towards A Critical Political Ethics. Catholic Ethics and Social Challenges. Prof. Haker is currently working on a book on two basic concepts of ethics,  Recognition and Responsibility.

Prof. Haker's publications include: Moralische Identität. Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion (1999), Ethik der genetischen Frühdiagnostik (2002), and  Hauptsache gesund (2011); eight co-edited books, among them - The Ethics of Genetics in Human Procreation (2000), Ethik-Geschlecht-Wissenschaften (2006), Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy (2009), and Religiöser Pluralismus in der Klinikseelsorge (2014); multiple articles; and nine co-edited journal issues for Concilium, among them - Human Trafficking (2011), Postcolonial Theology (2012), The Return of Apocalypticism (2014), and Theology, Anthropology, and Neurosciences (2015).

Research Interests

  • Meta-ethics (e.g. agency, virtues and norms as ethical concepts);
  • Fundamental theological ethics and methods (normative ethics and hermeneutical/experiential ethics);
  • Social and political ethics (human rights and justice, citizenship);
  • Bioethics (reproductive medicine, human genetics, and new technologies);
  • Feminist ethics (existentialist and care ethics);
  • Aesthetics and ethics (modern literature and narratives as medium of/for ethics).

Selected Publications

For a full listing of Prof. Haker's publications, see here

Eiditor of Book Series:

  • Values in Bioethics (Brill), since 2017
  • Medizinische Ethik in der Klinikseelsorge/Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy, Lit Verlag (4 volumes so far since 2009)


  • Towards A Critical Political Ethics. Catholic Ethics and Social Challenges. Studien zur Theologischen Ethik 156, Berlin (Schwabe) 2020.
  • Hauptsache gesund? Ethische Fragen der Pränatal- und Präimplantationsdiagnostik, München (Kösel) 2011.
  • Ethik der genetischen Frühdiagnostik. Sozialethische Reflexionen zur Verantwortung am Beginn des menschlichen Lebens, mentis: Paderborn, 2002.
  • Moralische Identität. Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion. Mit einer Interpretation der "Jahrestage" von Uwe Johnson, Tübingen (Francke) 1999.

Edited Books:

  • Unaccompanied Minors and the Ethics of Child Migration. Social, legal, and ethical perspectives (co-edited with Molly Greening), Lexington, Lanham 2019.
  • Religiöser Pluralismus in der Klinikseelsorge, with G. Wanderer and K. Bentele, Lit Verlag, Berlin et al. 2014
  • Medical Ethics in Health Care Chaplaincy. Essays, Walter Moczynski, Hiller Haker und Katrin Bentele (Hrsg.), Berlin et al., Lit Verlag 2009.
  • Perspektiven der Medizinethik in der Klinikseelsorge, Walter Moczynski, Hille Haker, Katrin Bentele und Gwendolin Wanderer (Hrsg.), Lit Verlag, Berlin et al. 2009.
  • Ethik-Geschlecht-Wissenschaften, mentis Verlag, Paderborn 2006 (zus. m.  U. Konnertz u. D. Mieth).
  • Humane Genetik? Jahrespublikation Ethik und Unterricht, diesterweg, Stuttgart 2002 (zus. m. J. Dietrich und S. Graumann).
  • The Ethics of Genetics in Human Procreation, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2000 (zus. m. D. Beyleveld).
  • Ethics of Human Genome Analyis. European Perspectives, attempto, Tübingen 1993 (zus. m. R. Hearn u. K. Steigleder).

Book Projects

  • Recognition and Responsibility: Critical Theory and Christian Ethics (in preparation)

Edited Journal Issues (Concilium)

Co-Editor/Director of Concilium (translated into 6 languages: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguise, Croatian) 2001-2015.

  • "Theology, Anthropology, and Neurosciences", Concilium 50/4/2015, co-edited with Thierry Marie Courau, Regina Ammich-Quinn, and Marie-Theres Wacker
  • "The Return of Apocalypticism", Concilium 50/3/2014, co-edited with Andres Torres Queiruga and Marie-Theres Wacker
  • "Postcolonial Theology," Concilium 49,2 (2013), co-edited with C.L. Susin and E. Messi
  • "Trafficking", Concilium 47,3, (2011), with Lisa Cahill and Elaine Wainwright.
  • "Natural Law – A controversy." Concilium 46,3 (2010) (with Lisa Cahill)
  • "HIV/AIDS." Concilium 43, 3 (2007) (with Regina Ammicht-Quinn)
  • "Women in World Religions." Concilium 42,3 (2006) (with Marie-Theres Wacker und Susan Ross)
  • "Cyberspace – Cyberethic - Cybertheology." Concilium 41,1 (2005), with E. Borgmann and. S. Van Erp.
  • "Structural Betrayal of Trust: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church." Concilium 40,3 (2004), Grunewald 2004, with R. Ammicht-Quinn and M. Junker-Kenny).

Articles in preparation, submitted, or forthcoming:

  • Experience, Identity and Moral Agency in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. In: Vienna Conference Proceedings on Artificial Intelligence (accepted, forthcoming)
  • Feminist Challences to Theology – A Christian Perspective. In: Tager Conference on Feminism in the Abrahamic Religions, 2022) (submitted)
  • Theodore Hesburgh – Assessment of a Legacy. In: Todd Reims, Theodore Hesburgh (accepted)
  • Power, Morality and Sexual Violence in the Catholic Church. In: Doris Reisinger, Macht Missbrauch (conference proceedings, in preparation)
  • "Ewig wahr? Zur Genese von Glaubensüberzeugungen und ihrem Anspruch auf Wahrheit und Unveränderlichkeit - ein interdisziplinärer Diskurs" (ed. G. Werner) (in preparation)
  • Spiritual Care (Studies in Spiritual Care, ed. Michael Coors), (in preparation)
  • Global Ethic or Global Ethics. The Legacy of Hans Kueng (ed. By Paul Lakeland) (in preparation)
  • Theologische Analysen und Diskussionen von Fallerzählungen (ed. By C. Mandry and G. Wanderer) (in preparation)

Articles 2021


  • "The Ethics of Radical Life Extension: Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian Perspectives": (Hille Haker, Perry Hamalis, William Schweiker, and Myriam Renaud). In: Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 41/2, 2021 315-330.
  • "Uprooted: Towards a Medical Ethics of Suffering." In: Christof Mandry (Hg.): Suffering in Theology and Medical Ethics. Paderborn, Brill/Schöningh, 2022, 113-144.
  • "Covid19: Ethical Perspective from the United States." In: ET Studies 12/1, 2021, 39-49.
  • "Information or Communication – The Loss of the Language of the Human." In: Miloš Lichner (Ed.) Hope. Where does our Hope lie? International Congress of the European Society for Catholic Theology (August 2019 – Bratislava, Slovakia), Berlin (Lit Verlag), 2021, 505-523.
  • "Recognition and Responsibility," in: Religions. Special Issue “The Provinces of Moral Theology and Religious Ethics,” edited by Dafydd Mills Daniel 12,7 (2021), 467, 1-18. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/7/467


  • "Die USA am Scheidepunkt? Eine politisch-ethische Intervention." In: Krise und Transformation. Scheidewege 1-2021, hg. v. Jean-Pierre Wils, 91-112.
  • "Geschlechtsangleichende Behandlungen bei transgender Jugendlichen – Ethische Fragen." In: Herder Korrespondenz, 9/2021, 36-40.
  • "Verletzliche Freiheit. Zu einem neuen Prinzip der Bioethik." In: Hildegund Keul (ed.), Theologische Vulnerabilitätsforschung – gesellschaftsrelevant und interdisziplinär, Stuttgart (Kohlhammer), 2021, 99-118.
  • "Laudatio aus Anlass des Alfons Auer Ethik Preises 2019 für Mary McAleese," Theologische Quartalschrift 201, 1, 2021, 96-102.

Articles for a broader audience:

  • “No Justice, No Peace!” On Hans Küng’s Global Ethic Project. In: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs (May 17, 2021) https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/no-justice-no-peace-on-hans-kung-s-global-ethic-project
  • Der Tag danach. Einschätzungen zum 6.1.2021 in den USA. In: feinschwarz. Theologisches Feuilleton. https://www.feinschwarz.net/der-tag-danach/