dr. J.M.N.E. (Jan) JansAssociate Professor of Ethics
Tilburg School of Humanities
The project investigates in what way the concern of moral theology with the advancement of human dignity is a stimulus for the challenges of intercultural ethics. The project also looks for applications in the area of care and medicine on the one hand and electronic media practice on the other. In both cases the interest for `open questions' is a reason to bring the intercultural dynamics within these practices to the fore.
Employed since 1991, I was as of January 1, 2009, promoted to associate professor. Between 2006-2010 Director of the Centre for Intercultural Ethics and since 2002 Visiting Professor at St Augustine College of South Africa at Johannesburg. My dissertation with the title "Donum vitae in het licht van de fundamentale moraaltheologie. Een onderzoek naar de tekst en de normatieve argumentatie van de Instructie over de eerbied voor het beginnend menselijk leven en de waardigheid van de voortplanting" was defended in public on June 19, 1990 at the Catholic University of Leuven, Faculty of Theology. The promotors were Paul Schotsmans and Joseph Selling.
Assistant in medical ethics at the faculties of medicine and theology, Catholic University of Leuven, 1985-1990. Assistant professor for moral theology at Tilburg Faculty of Theology since 1991 and since 2006 at Tilburg University. Promotion to associate professor on January 1, 2009. Director of the Centre for Intercultural Ethics between 2006-2010 and director of education at the Department of Religieus Studies and Theology from 2007 until 2012. Since 2002 visiting professor at St. Augustine College of South Africa (Johannesburg). Due to reorganization, loss of appointment since 1 December 2015, but reappointed to the extend of 0.1 fte in the fucntion of Secretary of the Research Ethics Committee while keeping the status of Associate Professor.
Transparticular love as neighbour
Against the background of research during the last decade, in which the focus was to develop Roman Catholic personalism ? understood as the call to responsible freedom hinted at by Vatican II in Gaudium et Spes and Dignitatis Humanae Personae ? applied to contemporary questions in fundamental moral theology (the moral act; ?faith & reason?), medical ethics (genetics; end-of-life) and media-ethics (internet; democracy), the current research aims to add the perspective of intercultural ethics as it emerges through the debates on the possibility, and/or the desirability, of multiculturalism as the mode of dealing with personal and societal moral identity.
'The greatest challenge for the 21st century will be to endure plurality and to make it fruitful' (Antoon Vergote ? personal student note in 1977 or 1978). In light of the various ways in which societal coherence becomes contested by ignoring, neglecting and rejecting factual plurality, this research aims at developing the new notion of transparticularity in which both the variety of cultures and there normative frameworks are taken up while at the same time each and every particular identity is challenged to deal with the historical and systematic variety constituting such identities (cf. Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence. The Illusion of Destiny, London: Allen Lane, 2006). This should allow for an attitude of critical recognition instead of attempts to incorporate others by imposed assimilation. The moral theological source for this research is the story in the form of a parable as told in the gospel according to Luke 10:30-35 (usually referred to as 'The Good Samaritan'). The research aims to show how the shift which is at the core of the parable, namely from the question 'Who is my neighbour' towards 'Who became neighbour', can elucidate the theoretical questions of transparticularity by relating peculiar particularities ? even in the post-modern ?negotiated? or ?nomadic? modes ? to a universal attitude of respons/ability building upon this very particularity and thereby at the same time transcending it. The resulting intercultural ethics should thereby be able to overcome the lack of interest in and implementation of the 'Go and do likewise' which is the consequence of the parable and which might be the very characteristic virtue of any Christian ethics. An illustration of how this point is missed can be found in the explicitly multicultural campaign of Renovabis (the movement for solidarity of German Catholics with people from Middle- and Eastern-Europa) under the title 'Nachbar sein. Zum Nächsten werden!' (2003).
Finally, such an intercultural ethics is at the same time an antidote to whatever (religious or philosophical) tendency to limit or ?close? the range of ethical responsibility by referring to particularity as separation.
2005-2007 member of the international praesidium of the European Assocation for Catholic Theology and editor-in-chief of Bulletin ET - Journal for Catholic Theology in Europe
2006-2011 member of the board of the Society of Christian Ethics
2008-2011 vice-president of INSeCT - International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology
Elected as member of the editorial team of Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, starting in 2012.
Ordinary member of the national medical-ethical review board at the Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven.
Ordinary member of the ethical commission of the St Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg.
From 2010 on, member of the editiorial board of Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
And God Created Darwin? An Ethical Analysis of and Reflection on Semi-Creationism. Societas Ethica Annual Meeting 2008: Ethics of the Life Sciences, Lammi (Finland), August 22, 2008.
Living the Moral Truth. On the Ethical Hermeneutics of Klaus Demmer and its significance for Moral Theology. Society for Christian Ethics, January 10, 2009.
Foundations and Practice of Intercultural Ethics: a Contribution by Catholic Moral Theology - Poster Session at Second International Conference on Catholic Ethics in the World Church, Trent, 24-27 July 2010.
"Please Tell Me Who I am!?" Hospitals in search of their moral/religious identity. Society of Christian Ethics, New Orleans, January 8, 2011.
Since 1 December 2015, I am no longer teaching courses at Tilburg University with the exception of modules for HOVO (Hoger Onderwijs voor Ouderen - Higher Education for Elderly).
J.M.N.E. (Jan) Jans teaches the following subjects:
- Ethics and gender(T11201)More information
- Ethical expertise(T21245)More information
- Literature analysis Master(T54241)More information
- Methodology 1(840053)More information
- Ethical Competencies for Health Care and Health Care Policies(990204)More information
- Ethische keuzes in wereldreligies(990206)More information
- Intercultural Ethics(990207)More information
- Health Care, Ethics and Policies: an Intercultural Perspective(990222)More information
- Literature Study Health Care, Ethics and Policies(990225)More information
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Teaching activities elsewhere
Since 1999, I have had the opportunity to teach at various locations in South Africa. Each year, I teach a week long module "Foundations of Ethics" (30 hours) in the MA programme of St Augustine College of South Africa, located at Johannesburg. Next to public lectures in places like Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Cedara, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, I also teach invited classes at St Joseph's Theological Institute (Cedara), Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Since 2010-2011, I have been invited to teach various modules on ethics at the Hogeschool Geesteswetenschappen Utrecht.
Visiting professor at St Augustine College of South Africa (Johannesburg) for the yearly module "Foundations of Ethics" since 2002
2005-2007: editor-in-chief of Bulletin ET, Journal for Theology in Europe, ISSN 0939-3897
2006-2010: Board member of the Society for Christian Ethics
2008-2011: Vice-president of INSeCT (International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology)
Since August 2011, board member of Societas Ethica (www.societasethica.info)
Ordinary member of the Institutional Review Board of Catharina Hospital Eindhoven (from 2008 on)
Substitute member of the Institutional Review Board of AMC Hospital, Amsterdam (from October 2012 on)
Ordinary member of the ethical commission of St Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg (from 2009 on)
Since May 2013, secretary of ATMT - the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology (UK)
Ordinary member of the Institutional Review Board Brabant - since February 2014.
Since April 2014 member of the International Editorial Committee of Grace & Truth - A Journal of Catholic Reflection for Southern Africa
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Associate Professor of Ethics
Tilburg School of Humanities
My presence in Tilburg depends on the requirements of the Research Ethics Committee; during all weekdays I am reachable by email.