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Hille Haker, PhD

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

Office #:  Crown Center 321

Phone: 773.508.2368


CV Link: Hille Haker CV

External Webpage: http://hillehaker.com/


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

Hille Haker is the Richard McCormick, S. J., Chair of Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her doctorate (1997) and habilitation (2001) at the University of Tübingen and her dissertation—“Moralische Identität: Literarische Lebensgeschichten als Medium ethischer Reflexion” (“Moral Identity: Literary Life Stories as a Medium of Ethical Reflection”)—was awarded the dissertation prize in Catholic Theology in 1998. 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). In Frankfurt, she was a Colleague of the Institute of Social Research of the Frankfurt School and co-director of the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women's Studies. At Frankfurt University, she also served as co-director of the newly founded Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaftern Bad Homburg from 2007–2010. After 14 years of service, she resigned from the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Concilium in 2015. 

Dr. Haker was elected President of Societas Ethica at its annual conference in August 2015 in Linköping, Sweden. She has been a member of the European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Commission since 2005. She is a member of several U.S. associations, including the AAR, SCE, CTSA, and ASBH; she is also a member of the German Academy of Ethics in Medicine (AEM) and an associated member of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen, and a member of AGENDA, Forum of Catholic Women Theologians in Germany. 

For more on Dr. Haker's election as President of Societas Ethica

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Hille Haker's Inauguration Address

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

Editor 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)

Book Projects

  • Recognition and Responsibility: Critical Theory and Christian Ethics
  • A Critical Political Ethics, Herder, 2019
  • Edited volume, Going It Alone: Unaccompanied Minors and the Ethics of Child Migration (co-edited with Molly Greening), Lexington, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • Taylor Handbuch (edited with Jean-Pierre Wils and Michael Kühnle), Metzler 2019


  • Hauptsache Gesund? (2011)
  • Moralische Identitat (1999)
  • Ethik der genetischen Fruhdiagnostik (2002)

Articles (Submitted or Forthcoming)

  • "The Right to Religion Freedom – A Theological Comment. In: Loyola Law Journal, 2018 (submitted).
  • “Resonanz”. Eine Diskussion zu Harmut Rosas Buch, in: Wils, Jean-Pierre: Resonanz. (forthcoming)
  • Vulnerable Agency – Human Dignity and Gendered Violence. In: Jonathan Rothschildt and Matthew Petrusek (eds.): Dignity and Conflict: Contemporary Interfaith Dialogue on the Value and Vulnerability of Human Life. Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Press), 2019, 393-436 (submitted)
  • Illness Narratives in Ethical Counseling. In: Illness Narratives in Practice, Gabriele Lucius-Hoene, Christine Holmberg, and Thorsten Meyer (eds.), Oxford University Press, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • “Political Theologies in a Post-Christian World.” in: Ruben Rosario-Rodrigez: T&T Clark Companion to Political Theology (2018) (submitted)
  • Genetics and Justice. In: Therese Lysaught, Michael McCarthy: Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice, 2018 (submitted)
  • Feminist Ethics. In: Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition, edited by George Ritzer & Chris Rojek, 2018 (submitted)
  • “Vergebene Liebesmühe - lässt sich Theologische Ethik auf europäischem Parkett hörbar machen?" in: Die EU als ethisches Projekt im Spiegel ihrer Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Alexander Merkl, Bernhard Koch (eds.), nomos, 2018 (submitted).
  • Uprooted. Towards a Medical Ethics of Suffering. In: Christof Mandry (Hg.): Suffering. Paderborn, Schöningh, 2019 (submitted).
  • Going It Alone—Political Ethics and the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children. In: Hille Haker & Molly Greening (eds.): Going It Alone, Lexington 2018 (forthcoming)

Recently Published Articles in English

  • "No Space. Nowhere. Refugees and the Problem of Human Rights in Paul Ricœur and Hannah Arendt", Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricœur Studies, Vol 8, 2, 2017, 22-45.

Recently Published Articles in German

  • "Compassion und eine prophetische Ethik des Friedens". In: Margit Eckholt u. Virginia Azcuy (Hg.): Friendens-Räume. Interkulturelle Friedenstheologie in feministisch-theologischer Perspektive, Mainz, Grünewald, 2018, 261,272. Spanische Ausgabe der Vorträge: La compasión y una ética profética de la paz. In: Virginia Azcuy, Margit Eckholt, Marcella Mazzini (eds.): Espacios de Paz. Lecura intercultural de un signo de estos tiempos, Buenos Aires, Agape Libros, 2018, 301-313.

 Lectures 2018

  • June 27, 2018: Deutscher Ethikrat: Herausforderungen für die Menschenwürde durch Neue Technologien. Keynote Lecture: Geschichte und Begriff der Menschenwürde
  • June 24-25, 2018: Inselspital Bern, Medical Ethics. Lecture: Verletzlichkeit und Anteilnahme. Seelsorge zwischen kirchlich-konfessionellen und klinischem Angebot. Lecture: Zwischen Schweigen und Sprechen. Narrative Ethik und die Ars Patientia Workshop Narrative Ethics, Inselspital Bern: Seelsorge Heute
  • June 22, 2018: WHO Conference: Spiritual Care im Fokus globaler Gesundheitspolitik, University of Zurich, Switzerland Lecture: Leide und Compassion. Zum Status der spiritual care in der Medizinethik
  • JUNE 15, 2018: Graduate Course in Bioethics, Neiswanger Institute, Loyola University Chicago. Lecture: The Silent Language of Suffering. A Hermeneutical Phenomenology of Illness Narratives
  • May 17-19, 2018: 17th Annual Conference of the International Social Theory Consortium. Modernity Between the Damaged Life and Sane Society: Social Theory in the Age of Urgency. Chicago. Lecture: Vulnerable Agency. Panel Discussion: The Work of Axel Honneth
  • April 23-24, 2018: World Parliament of Religion Conference, University of Chicago. Lecture: Global Ethics in the 21st Century
  • March 19, 2018: Conference „Das Außer-Ordentliche (in) der Gerechtigkeit: Pluralität, Differenz und das Gleichheitsprinzip“, University of Luzern, Switzerland. Lecture: „Jedem das Seine, Mir alles“,
  • March 12/13, 2018: Religious Freedom Conference, Loyola University Chicago. Lecture: Religious Freedom. Response to Leslie Griffin.
  • 9. January 4-7, 2018: Society of Christian Ethics Annual Conference. Panel Discussion: Philosophical and Theological Ethics

 Lectures 2017 

  • Society at the Annual Conference of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Memphis, TS, Oct. 19, 2017. Lecture and Panel Discussion “Signs and Wonders. Theology after Modernity” (Ellen Armour).
  • Conference on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Loyola University Chicago, Oct. 18th, 2017. Panel Moderation: Luther’s Freedom of the Will. 
  • “Giving an Account of Evil” – Annual Conference of Societas Ethica, Volos, Greece. Organizer and Chair as President of Societas Ethica; August 24-27, 2017. Lecture: Evil and Vulnerable Agency.
  • Critical Theory Conference, Rome: May 11-13, 2017. Keynote Lecture: “The ‘tickling in the heels’ – Kafka, Benjamin, and Postcolonialism”.
  • Midwest Sociological Society: “Globalization: Promises, Possibilities, and Pitfalls”, Annual Meeting 2017, held jointly with the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Count Stone Symposium “21ST Century Interactionism” March 30 – April 2, 2017. Lecture: “Recognizing (Mis-)Recognition”. Panel Discussion: Lauren Langman “God, Gold, Gun, and Glory”
  • Political Theology Lecture Series Spring 2017, Loyola University Chicago, March 21, 2017: Panel Presentation: Political Theology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Boston, February 18, 2017. Panel Moderator: "The role of values in delivering science advice for policy"
  • McCormick Lecture: Public Moral Discourse, Robin Lovin, Loyola University Chicago, Feb. 22nd, 2017. Response to Robin Lovin
  • International Conference: „Leiden in Medizin, Theologie und Medizinethik“ / „Suffering in Medicine,Theology and Medical Ethics“, Frankfurt 8.-10. March 2017 (Co-Chair). Lecture: Suffering – a Fundamental Category of Theology? A Dialogue Between Fundamental Theology and Ethics: Knut Wenzel, Frankfurt; Hille Haker, Chicago
  • Cooperation Meeting and Workshop between University of Frankfurt and Loyola University Chicago. May 15-19, 2017, Loyola University Chicago (Organizer and Chair). Workshop: Medical Ethics in Healthcare Chaplaincy.