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Teaching Personnel

Melchin, Kenneth R.   Melchin, Kenneth R.
Emeritus Professor
Office : LAF 295
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 2286

Research Activities:

Economics Ethics; Business Ethics; Social and Political Ethics; Lonergan Studies


B.A. (Philosophy and Music) Wilfred Laurier
B.A. (Theological Studies) Concordia
M.A. (History and Philosophy of Religion) Concordia
Ph.D. (Religion) Concordia

Courses taught:

Methods and Approaches in Contemporary Ethics
Economic Ethics
Moral Existence
Ethics and the Workplace
Grace and Christian Existence
The Lonergan Reading Group


    Transforming Conflict through Insight. Co-authored with Cheryl Picard. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

    Ethical Deliberation in Multiprofessional Health Care Teams. Edited with J. M. Larouche and H. Doucet. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2001.

    Living With Other People. Ottawa: Novalis; Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 1998. Published in french as L’Art de vivre ensemble. Ottawa: Novalis. 2006. Published in Spanish as Apprender a convivir. Mexico: Trillas, 2000.

    History, Ethics, and Emergent Probability. 2'nd Ed. Ottawa: Lonergan Website, 1999.

    “Business, Economics, and Theological Ethics: Conversations with Lonergan: Editor’s Introduction.” Theoforum 43 (no. 1, 2012): 3 p.

    “Charity and Justice in Economic Life.” Theoforum 43 (no. 1, 2012): 18 p.

    “The Morality of Markets.” The Lonergan Review 2 (no. 1, Spring 2010): 75-86.

    “Recovering Sargent Shriver’s Vision for Poverty Law: The Illinois FamilyCare Campaign and the Insight Approach to Conflict Resolution and Collaboration.” With Jamie Price. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 43 (nos. 9-10, Jan.-Feb. 2010): 468-478.

    “Lonergan and the Social Sciences: Some Preliminary Reflections.” Lonergan Workshop. Vol. 23 (2009). Ed. Fred Lawrence. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College, published 2012, 389-400.

    “Three Challenges in Christian Ethics.” Lonergan Workshop. Vol. 23 (2009). Ed. Fred Lawrence. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College, published 2012, 379-88.

    “Lonergan, Girard, and Conflict.” In Theology, Philosophy, and History: Essays in Honor of Robert Doran. Ed. John Dadosky. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2009, 345-51.

    “Democracy, Sublation and the Scale of Values.” In The Importance of Insight. Eds. John Liptay and David Liptay. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, pp. 183-96.

    “Insight Mediation: A Learning-Centered Mediation Model.” With Cheryl A. Picard. Negotiation Journal 23 (no. 1, Jan. 2007): 35-53.

    “The Challenge of World Poverty: Continuity and Change in Theological Ethics from a Canadian Perspective.” In Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church: Proceedings of The First International Crosscultural Conference for Catholic Theological Ethicists, Padova, Italy, July 8-11, 2006. Ed. James Keenan. New York: Continuum, 2007, pp.152-7.

    “What is ‘the Good’ of Business? Insights from the Work of Bernard Lonergan.” Anglican Theological Review 87 (no. 1, Winter 2005): 43-61.

    “Reaching Toward Democracy: Theology and Theory When Talk Turns to War.” Catholic Theological Society of America, Proceedings 58 (2003):41-59

    “What is a Democracy Anyway? A Discussion Between Lonergan and Rawls.” In Lonergan Workshop. Vol. 15. Ed. Fred Lawrence. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College, 1999. Pp. 99-116.

    “Moral Knowledge and the Structure of Cooperative Living.” Theological Studies 52 (1991): 495-523.