Chris Durante

Visiting Assistant Professor

Religious Studies


Ph.D. Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University

M.A.  Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University

M.Sc. Department of Philosophy & the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

B.A.  Department of Philosophy, Fordham University

Courses Taught

RELS 110: The Nature & Experience of Religion 

RELS 200: Global Bioethics

RELS 373: Death as a Fact of Life

RELS 381: Religious Dimensions of Peace

PHIL 201: Introduction to Ethics

  • Research

    Areas of Specialization:

    Comparative Religious Ethics; Bioethics; Religion & Political Theory; Philosophical Ethics                                            

    Areas of Competence:

    Christian, Jewish & Islamic Political Theologies; Social & Political Philosophy; Interreligious Dialogue & Interfaith Relations; Buddhist Ethics 

    Areas of Interest:           

    Moral Psychology; Theories of Self, Identity & Personhood; Sociology of Religion 


  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Original Contributions:

    2015. Ethno-Religiosity in Orthodox Christianity: A Source of Solidarity and Multiculturalism in American Society. Religions, 6(2): 328-349 

    2015.  Dialogue Despite Diversity: Sharing Norms When Our Moralities Differ. Studia Bioethica 8(1): 7-17

    2014.  Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethos. Journal of Global Ethics, 10(3): 312-318

    2012.  Religious Liberty in a Multicultural Society. Journal of Church and State, 54(3): 323-352

    2009.  Agreeing to Disagree: Indigenous Pluralism from Human Rights to Bioethics. Journal of Religious Ethics, 37(3): 513-529.

    2009.  Bioethics in a Pluralistic Society: Bioethical Methodology in Lieu of Moral Diversity. Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy 12(1): 35-47


    2012. Extending the Hermeneutics of Suspicion Beyond Irreligiosity. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(12):19-20.

    2009.  The Physician’s Fragility. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(10):33-35

    2009.  Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Palliation. American Journal of Bioethics, 9(3):28-29.

    2009.  Republicanism in Bioethics? American Journal of Bioethics, 9(2):55-56.

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Academic Director, Bioethics, Multiculturalism & Religion project, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights 2015-present

    Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Program, New York University, New York, NY. Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, St. John’s University, Queens, NY. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY. Spring 2013 – Summer 2014

    Sessional Course Lecturer, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Québec. Spring Term 2009 – Summer Term 2013

    Sessional Co-Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montréal, Québec. Winter Term 2012 – Winter Term 2013

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences, SUNY: Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY. Fall  2005.