Areas of expertise: ethics; moral theology; practical theology; human dignity; autonomy
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2902-2513
Phone: +617 3623 7574
Location: ACU Brisbane Campus
Since 2017, Dr David Kirchhoffer has been the Director of the Queensland Bioethics Centre, a collaboration between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the Archdiocese of Brisbane. He is a faculty member of the ACU’s School of Theology and Philosophy. Dr Kirchhoffer is a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and currently co-investigator on the five-year project: ‘Redeeming Autonomy: Agency, Vulnerability, and Relationality,’ funded and hosted by ACU. This project investigates the limits of the concepts of autonomy and respect for autonomy in contemporary ethics. Since 2016, he has been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a Roman Catholic Commissioner on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, where he forms part of the sub-commission working on moral discernment in the churches.
David Kirchhoffer's primary research focus is on the meaning and relevance of the concept of human dignity, and contemporary understandings of the human person in contemporary ethics, in the fields of biomedical ethics, business ethics, social ethics, and personal ethics. More recently this has developed in the direction of the limitations of respect for autonomy.
Dr Kirchhoffer completed his doctoral studies in theological ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at KULeuven. Dr Kirchhoffer was a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore in 2015 and a senior research associate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.