Margaret Farley

Margaret Farley

Senior Scholar in Theology & Medical Ethics

Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School
(203) 432-5355


A.B., University of Detroit
M.A., University of Detroit
M.Phil., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

The recipient of eleven honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology, and a Luce Fellowship in Theology, Professor Farley is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is the author or co-editor of seven books, including Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing and Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, winner of the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. She has published more than a hundred articles and chapters of books on medical ethics, sexual ethics, social ethics, historical theological ethics, ethics and spirituality, feminist ethics, justice and HIV/AIDS. She was a founding member of Yale-New Haven Hospital’€™s Bioethics Committee; served for eight years as founding Co-director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; and been a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. She was Director of Yale Divinity School’€™s Women’€™s Initiative: Gender, Faith, and Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa. She has lectured widely not only in the United States but Southeast Asia, Africa, and Western Europe.


A Metaphysics of Being and God
(co-authored with J.V. McGlynn, 1966)

Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing, 1986

Embodiment, Morality and Medicine
(co-edited with Lisa Sowle Cahill, 1995)

Readings in Moral Theology No. 9: Feminist Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition
(co- edited with C. Curran and R. McCormick, 1996)

Liberating Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Letty M. Russell
(co-edited with Serene Jones, 1999)

Compassionate Respect, 2002

Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, 2006