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School of Theology and Ministry

Andrea Vicini, S.J.

associate professor of moral theology

Andrea Vicini, S.J.

Contact Information

andrea.vicini@bc.edu | (617) 552-3572
9 Lake Street, Room 302A


Education

M.D., S.T.L., S.T.D., Ph.D. (Boston College)


Research Interests

Fundamental moral theology, theological bioethics, biotechnologies, reproductive technologies, end of life issues, medical ethics, genetics, and environmental issues


About

Andrea Vicini is an alumnus of Boston College (S.T.L. and Ph.D.) and also holds a M.D. from the University of Bologna and a S.T.D. from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy in Naples. Before arriving at the STM, Andrea was Gasson Professor at BC (2009-2010) and has taught in Italy, Albania, Mexico, Chad, and France. He is a lecturer and member of associations of moral theologians and bioethicists (in Italy, Europe, and the USA).


Courses

Sabbatical during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Fall 2016
Fundamental Moral Theology: Theological Ethics (TMCE 8002)
Theological Bioethics: From the Basics to the Future (TMCE 7052)

Spring 2017
Human Genetics and Biotechnologies: Challenges for Theological Ethics (TMCE 8542)
Just Sustainability (TMCE 7128)

Other Courses
Catholic Healthcare: History, Contexts, Values, and Principles
Global Health and Theological Ethics (TMCE 8518)
Human Sexuality
 

Recent publications

Books
Genetica umana e bene comune (Human Genetics and the Common Good), (Cinisello Balsamo: San Paolo, 2008).
Translation:
Genética humana e bem comum
(São Paolo: Loyola, São Camilo, 2011).

Edited books
Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction, C.Z. Peppard and A. Vicini, eds., Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Series, Vol. 3, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2015).
The Legacy of Vatican II
, M. Faggioli and A. Vicini, eds., (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015).

Journal articles
“Longing for Transcendence: Cyborgs and Trans- and Posthumans” (with A. Brazal), Theological Studies 76, no. 1 (2015): 148-165.

“Le neuroscienze e la bioetica (Neurosciences and Bioethics),” La Civiltà Cattolica II, no. 3932 (2014): 143-158.

“Mapeamento do cérebro: Uma questão ética? (Mapping the Brain: An Ethical Issue?),” Bioethikos 7, no. 4 (2013): 426-430.

“Nuove frontiere della procreazione umana: prospettive etiche (New Frontiers of Human Procreation: Ethical Perspectives),” L’Arco di Giano 78, no. 4 (2013): 35-46.

“Bioethics: Basic Questions and Extraordinary Developments,” Theological Studies 73, no. 1 (2012): 169-187.

“Ethical Challenges of Human Genetics Today: From the Lab, through the Clinic, to the Pews,” Studia Moralia 50, no. 1 (2012): 145-174.

“Imaging in Severe Disorders of Consciousness: Rethinking Consciousness, Identity and Care in a Relational Key,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 32, no. 1 (2012): 169-191.

“La loi morale naturelle: Perspectives internationales pour la réflexion bioéthique contemporaine (The Moral Natural Law: International Perspectives for Today’s Bioethical Reflection),” Revue de l’Institut Catholique de Paris - Transversalités 122 (2012): 125-151.

“Le cas de la grippe aviaire H5N1: La recherche en biologie entre questions, pauses et limites (The Case of the H5N1 Avian Flu: The Research in Biology between Questions, Pauses, and Limits),” Études 417, no. 4 (2012): 317-327.

“New Insights in Environmental and Sustainable Ethics,” Asian Horizons: Dharmaram Journal of Theology 6, no. 2 (2012): 309-328.

“Allocazione delle risorse sanitarie. Come promuovere la giustizia e il bene comune? (The Allocation of Health Care Resources: How Can We Promote Justice and the Common Good?),” Rivista di Teologia Morale 43.169, no. 1 (2011): 69-78.

“Etica teologica, pratica medica e sanità: per una maggiore e migliore giustizia (Theological Ethics, Medical Practice, and Healthcare: To Promote a Greater and Better Justice),” Studia Moralia 49, no. 2 (2011): 439-463.

“L’etica teologica cattolica oggi: il convegno di Trento (Catholic Theological Ethics Today: The Congress in Trent),” Rassegna di Teologia 52, no. 1 (2011): 119-129.

“O Futuro da Bioética (The Future of Bioethics)” (with J.F. Keenan), Bioethikos 5, no. 1 (2011): 10-20.

“Oncofertility and the Boundaries of Moral Reflection” (with P. Lauritzen), Theological Studies 72, no. 1 (2011): 116-130.

“Per una lettura teologico-morale nella malattia: fragilità e vulnerabilità (A Theological Reflection on Illness: Fragility and Vulnerability),” Rivista di Teologia Morale 43, no. 170, no. 2 (2011): 231-240.

“Biopotere (Biopower),” Aggiornamenti sociali 61, no. 1 (2010): 61-64.

“Into the Crisis: To Stand… in Silence,” Mysterion <www.mysterion.it> 3, no. 1 (2010): 32-38.

“La riforma sanitaria negli Stati Uniti (The Health Care Reform in the USA),” La Civiltà Cattolica II, 3839 (2010): 466-478.

“Per una fine che sia inizio: discernere e decidere alla fine della vita umana (For an End that Could Be a Beginning: To Discern and to Decide at the End of Human Life),” Rassegna di Teologia 51, no. 1 (2010): 109-127.

“Rendere conto della storia e delle voci mancanti (The Account of History and Missing Voices),” Rivista di Teologia Morale 42, no. 168.4 (2010): 581-584.

The Search for a Universal Ethic: The International Theological Commission’s 2009 Document on Natural Law,” Concilium: Human Nature and Natural Law, L. Sowle Cahill, H. Haker, and E. Messi Metogo, eds., 3 (2010): 111-117.

Book chapters
“A Renewed Hope,” in The Legacy of Vatican II, M. Faggioli and A. Vicini, eds., (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2015), 273-278.

“On Just Sustainability and Its Challenges,” (with C. Z. Peppard), in Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction, C.Z. Peppard and A. Vicini, eds., Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Series, Vol. 3, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2015), 1-8.

“Hope Springs: Shaping the Moral Life,” Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment, R. Lennan and N. Pineda-Madrid, eds., (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013), 168-181.

“Roman Catholic Commitment to Promoting Sustainability,” in Protecting Nature, Saving Creation: Ecological Conflicts, Religious Passions, and Political Quandaries, P. Gagliardi, A.M. Reijnen, P. Valentini, eds. (London: Palgrave Macmilllan, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 2013), 253-258.

“Roman Catholic Contributions to Address the Current Ecological Crisis,” in Protecting Nature, Saving Creation: Ecological Conflicts, Religious Passions, and Political Quandaries, P. Gagliardi, A.M. Reijnen, P. Valentini, eds. (London: Palgrave Macmilllan, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 2013), 113-138.

“Living with Indigenous Communities in Chiapas, Mexico: The Transformative Power of Poverty and Suffering,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics, C. Scharen and A.M. Vigen, eds., (London: Continuum, 2011), 161-183.

Podcasts
“The Ethics of the BRAIN Initiative (August 2013),"  http://americamagazine.org/media/podcasts/ethics-brain-initiative.