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John P. Teehan

Professor of Religion


PHD, 1992, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt; MA, 1987, CUNY Queens Coll; BA, 1984, St Josephs Coll Brooklyn


John Teehan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion, holds an M.A. in Psychology (Queens College, 1987) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Graduate Center, CUNY, 1992). He joined the full time Hofstra Faculty in 1998, while continuing to serve as a behavioral psychological consultant, and chair of the Medical Ethics committee of a mental health care organization. His main research focus is on the cognitive/evolutionary study of morality and religion, with a special interest in religious morality and religion’s role in conflict. He explored these topics in his book, In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence (2010, Wiley-Blackwell). His work is also concerned with the interaction of cognitive-evolutionary theories and the philosophy of religion, particularly as this relates to the Problem of Evil and questions of religious belief. He writes and lectures widely on these topics. Dr. Teehan is also on the editorial board of Evolutionary Psychological Science, and Associate Editor of Science, Religion and Culture.


See: http://hofstra.academia.edu/JohnTeehan

Recent Faculty Publications

Teaching Interests

Science and Religion Philosophy of Religion Moral Theory

Research Interests

Cognitive Science of Religion (particular focus on evolutionary psychology) Cognitive Science of Morality Religious Violence Philosophy of Religion

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PHI 067 (HP) EVIL: RELI, PHI, SCI PRSP Undergraduate
RELI 010 (HP) WHAT IS RELIGION? Undergraduate
RELI 067 (HP) EVIL: RELI, PHI, SCI PRSP Undergraduate
RELI 080 (CC) LIFE,DEATH & IMRTLTY Undergraduate
RELI 141F (HP) DANGEROUS IDEAS Undergraduate
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