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John Langan

Faculty Fellow

Department of Philosophy, Kennedy Institute of Ethics

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March 27, 2020

Berkley Center Remembers Rev. John Langan, S.J.

The Berkley Center and wider Georgetown community mourn the loss of scholar, colleague, and friend Rev. John Langan, S.J., who passed away on March 20. The Jesuit scholar joined Georgetown in 1987 and devoted his career to the promotion of justice.


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John P. Langan, S.J. was the Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Philosophy, Rose Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and a faculty fellow at the Berkley Center at Georgetown University until his death in March 2020. He also taught at Yale Divinity School, Drew University, and Loyola University Chicago. Langan's research interests included ethics and international affairs, especially applications of just war theory; human rights in theory and practice; capital punishment; Catholic social teaching; the place of religion in liberal political thought; and the ethical theories of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. He edited Catholic Universities in Church and Society (1993) and A Moral Vision for America (1998). Langan held an A.B., M.A., and Ph.L. from Loyola University, as well as a B.D. from Woodstock College and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.