Dr Alan J Kearns

Assistant Professor, School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music

Alan J. Kearns is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music. He originally trained as a second-level teacher and taught English at the Fachsprachenzentrum, University of Tübingen in Germany. His PhD, which examined the concept of person in health care ethics, was the first doctorate to be presented and defended in the newly established School of Nursing at Dublin City University.

Alan has taught Business Ethics at Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology and at the DCU Business School. He also has taught Nursing Ethics at Beaumont Hospital and Philosophy & Ethics at the School of Nursing at DCU. Presently, Alan teaches a number of introductory ethics modules as well as applied ethics modules in the area of bioethics, computer ethics and other contemporary issues. He is the Chair and Academic Coordinator of the MA in Ethics and MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) programmes. He is also the Chair of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music’s Ethics Review Panel. Alan's research interests include Bioethics, Diagnostic Self-Testing Ethical Issues, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Philosophical Ethics, Kantian Deontology, Health Care Ethics, Concepts of Person, Codes of Ethics, Patients’ Rights, Ordinary & Extraordinary Means of Treatment, Missed Care, and Research Ethics: Foundations & Approaches.