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Andrew Stumpf
Andrew Stumpf
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy

Acting Director, Health Humanities


ThD (ABD), St. Michael's College/University of Toronto
MTS, Conrad Grebel University College
PhD, University of Waterloo
MA, University of Waterloo
BA, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo




SH 2004
Andrew Stumpf

I am interested in pretty much everything, but my current teaching and research focuses on ethical theory and its application in the domains of health care and business. My graduate work in Philosophy (MA, PhD) gravitated toward the metaphysical underpinnings of ethics, in the sense that I was trying to understand what it means to be a human person, since knowing what is good for human persons surely depends on knowing what human persons are. I am interested in such questions (among others) not only as they are considered by contemporary scholars, but also as they have been treated by the great thinkers of the past. For this reason my attention has also consistently been drawn to the study of the history of Philosophy.


Toward the end of my PhD program in Philosophy I started a ten year period (2008-2018) teaching close to a full-time load of undergraduate Philosophy courses on a contractual basis at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome’s University. I taught a very broad range of subjects in History of Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy and Culture. During that decade I also continued to study the foundations of ethics from a theological perspective in the MTS program at Conrad Grebel College and then in the ThD program at St. Michael’s College in Toronto. Teaching and studying, combined with a lot of volunteer work on campus and in my church community, and raising four children together with my wife Jennifer, made this an exceedingly busy time!


Still, in those years I managed to publish an article on Leibniz’s metaphysics, to author a first book on Ancient Philosophy and to co-author a second book on Business Ethics. I also developed three new courses related to end-of-life care, a topic I have become increasingly passionate about: PHIL 319J Ethics of End-of-Life Care, PHIL 321J Philosophy of Palliative Care, and MEDVL 3xx Ars Moriendi: Death and Dying in the Middle Ages. In Summer 2020, as part of my SSHRC Insight Development Grant project, “Physicians’ Moral Experience and Moral Distinctions in Philosophical Bioethics,” I published an article on the moral distinction between killing and allowing to die and created a web portal (thekernelnetwork.com) to help mobilize knowledge and build connections in end-of-life care. I look forward to working with other scholars in the coming decades to find innovative ethical solutions to the social crisis of an aging population.


I am currently on my third definite term appointment as Assistant Professor at St. Jerome’s University and I was appointed acting director of the Master of Catholic Thought program (Sept 2019-present) and acting director of the Human Sciences program (Sept 2020-present). So part of my job at present is to help guide both programs through the creation and implementation of responses to recent program reviews. Things continue to be busy as I serve in these roles while teaching, carrying out end-of-life related research projects and giving public talks in addition to wrapping up my ThD thesis (on the role of the Holy Spirit in ethics).



Jordan, J., Stumpf, A., Wass, C., Correia, V., McChesney, D., Sewell, J., Weaver, S., Andres, G. (ed). With a Clear Conscience: Business Ethics, Decision-Making and Strategic Thinking. Oxford University Press, 2020.


Stumpf, A. Ancient Philosophy: A Companion to the Core Readings. Broadview Press, Dec 2018.



Stumpf, Andrew. "Agreeing on the Worth of a Life: MAiD and the Logic of Sanctity", Critical Theology 5(4): 2-8. August 2023.


Stumpf, Andrew. "As eligibility for MAID expands, the ethical implications of broad access to medically assisted death need a long, hard look," The Conversation Canada. January, 2023. https://theconversation.com/as-eligibility-for-maid-expands-the-ethical-...


Stumpf, A., McKenzie, E., & Nguyen, V. "Learning from Elders about Autonomy, Meaningfulness, and Relationships," Religions 13 (8): 750. 2022.


Stumpf, A., Rogalski, D. “Getting Real about Killing and Allowing to Die: A Critical Discussion of the Literature,” Canadian Journal of Bioethics 4(2): 8-24. 2021.


Stumpf, A. "Harmonizing Leibniz’s Ontology", Dialogue 51(3): 467-483. September, 2012.



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant: “Clinicians’ Moral Experience and Moral Distinctions in Bioethics,” Principal Applicant. Awarded July 2019 ($35,982).


SJU Faculty Research Grant: “Understanding Contemporary Applied Ethics Methods and Pedagogy: Three Literature Reviews,” Sole Applicant. Awarded June 2019 ($7,688).


Waterloo Experiential Learning Institute Grant: “Student Involvement in Hospice Waterloo Region Community Engagement Projects,” Sole Applicant. Awarded April 2019 ($5,500).



Letson Teaching Award,  St. Jerome’s University (2018)

Dr. Sam and Dr. Dorris Lau Scholarship, St. Michael’s College (2013-2018)

Valedictorian, Conrad Grebel University College (2012)

James Reimer Scholarship, Conrad Grebel University College (2010-2011)

Faculty of Arts Graduate Merit Award, University of Waterloo (2008)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (2007-2008)

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) – Doctoral (2004-2007)


PHIL 100J: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 145: Critical Thinking
PHIL 215: Professional and Business Ethics
PHIL 226: Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 283/CLAS 261: Great Works: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 319J: Ethics of End-of-Life Care
PHIL 321J: Philosophy of Palliative Care

PHIL 327/LS 351: Philosophy of Law
CT 612: Recovering the Art of Dying


St. Jerome's University

Acting Director, Health Humanities (2022)

Acting Director, Human Sciences (2020-2021)

Acting Director, Master of Catholic Thought (2019-2021)

Member, Committee on Research and Scholarship (2019-2020)

Member, Bargaining Team, Academic Staff Association (2017-2018)
CAS Liaison, Academic Staff Association (2014-2015)
Values Working Group (2013-2014)


Commentator, Canadian Philosophical Association, Philosophy of Religion Division (2012)
Referee, Canadian Philosophical Association, Metaphysics Division (2011, 2009)
Referee, Canadian Philosophical Association, History of Philosophy Division (2010)
Commentator, Western Canadian Philosophical Association, Epistemology (2009)
Treasurer, Philosophy Graduate Students Association (GSA), University of Waterloo (2006-2007)
Board Member, Editor, Eidos: Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy (2003-2006)
Conference Organizer, Philosophy Graduate Students Conference, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario (2005)