Chairman of the Advisory Board

Sedmak Clemens

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Prof. DDDr. Clemens Sedmak is a professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs and interim director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also an advisor in Catholic Social Tradition in the Center for Social Concerns and a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow.

Sedmak focuses his research on social ethics, the Catholic social tradition, and issues of poverty and justice.

Before coming to Notre Dame, he was the F. D. Maurice Professor for Moral and Social Theology at King’s College London.

Since its foundation in 2005, Clemens Sedmak has been head of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, a research institution at Salzburg University’s Faculty of Philosophy. Furthermore, he has also been the president of Salzburg Ethik Initiative (Salzburg Ethics Initiative) since 2006, a cooperation of science (Salzburg University), church (Archdiocese of Salzburg) and economy (Raiffaisenverband Salzburg). From 2009 – 2017, he was president of ifz. internationales forschungszentrum für soziale und ethische fragen, an international research centre for social ethics.

A Broad Range of Research Interests

Sedmak’s research interests cover a wide range of fields: poverty research and social ethics (world hunger, working environments, and unemployment), epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Sedmak has published hundreds of books and articles in several languages.

The Centre of His Life: His Family

Nevertheless, all these professional activities should not distract from the fact that life is primarily about one thing: as Erich Fromm once said, it is about achieving as much as possible in the art of love. Sedmak’s best training ground for that is his family: his wife Maria and his children Magdalena, Gabriel and Jonathan are his support, source of life and welcome challenges of a different kind.


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