Department Chair:
A.G. Miller

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Hall

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8866
Fax: (440) 775-6910

Rice Hall 316
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

James (Jim) Swan Tuite

James (Jim) Swan Tuite

Visiting Assistant Professor in Religious Ethics (2009-present)

Contact Information


Rice 13
(440) 775-8360

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Brown University

I offer courses in modern religious ethical thought, theory and method in the study of religion, and topics in philosophy of religion. My classes draw on classic and contemporary source materials to examine theoretical topics and themes at the intersections of western religious and philosophical thought with an emphasis on ethics. 

My current research includes two book projects. First, a book entitled Friedrich Nietzsche’s Critique of Christian Neighbor-Love which offers a re-reading of Friedrich Nietzsche’s conception of morality through his critique of Christian neighbor-love. Second, a book entitled From Soul Surgery to Corporate Sponsorship: An Ethical Analysis of Addiction Medicine in 20th Century America which examines three critical developments in the history of addiction medicine from the perspective of psychiatric ethics.


Recent and Upcoming Courses:

RELG 107                  Introduction to Religion: Religious Ethics in Comparative Perspective

RELG 220                  The Seven Deadly Sins

RELG 242                  Love and its Critics

RELG 245                  Modern Moral Issues in Religious Perspective

RELG 226                  Ethics of Ordinary Life

RELG 244                  Issues in Medical Ethics

RELG 330                  Duty and Virtue in Contemporary Religious Ethics

RELG 340                  Psychiatric Ethics

RELG 341                  Modern Roman Catholic Ethics

RELG 390                  Forgiveness in Islamic and Christian Thought

First year seminar:

FYSP 091                  Anonymous Identities: Membership and Community in Alcoholics Anonymous