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Clemens Sedmak

Professor Clemens Sedmak

Photograph of Clemens SedmakFD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology

On leave 2015-17

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Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.42, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway 


Born in Austria in 1971, Clemens Sedmak has undertaken studies in philosophy, theology, social theory and development theory at the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich, at Maryknoll (New York) and the University of Linz. After having completed doctorates in philosophy, theology and social theory, Clemens Sedmak spent two years at Chicago as a research fellow and took up a Chair for Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Salzburg in 2001, a position he held till 2005 when he came to King's College London as FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology. Clemens Sedmak has been visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Clemens Sedmak is married with three children.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Clemens works in three areas:

  • Social ethics with a special emphasis on poverty research, theories of justice and aspects of social exclusion, having coordinated an interdisciplinary research group on "option for the poor" at the University of Salzburg
  • Epistemology with a special focus on the relation between ethics and epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion and religious studies, with a special interest in the social dimensions of religion and epistemological questions of religion

Clemens welcomes enquiries from prospective research students, seeking to work with him on topics related to his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.
Selected publications
  • Helmut P Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak (2011) 'The Taxation of Wealth in Austria from a Social Ethics' Perspective' Sws-Rundschau, 51 (4), pp. 404-425.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Clemens Sedmak (2010) 'Spiritual infrastructure: memory and moral resources' Israel Affairs, 16 (4), pp. 510-534.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Heinrich Schmidinger, Clemens Sedmak (2009) Der Mensch - ein Abbild Gottes?: Geschöpfe - Krone der Schöpfung - Mitschöpfer Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft
    [Edited book in print]
  • Christopher Hamilton, Otto Neumaier, Gottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak (2009) Facing Tragedies LIT Verlag
    [Edited book in print]
  • Oliver Davies, Clemens Sedmak, Paul D Janz (2007) Transformation Theology London: T&T Clark
    [Authored Book in print]
 For a complete list of publications, please see Clemens's full research profile.


  • 5AAT2501 Applied Ethics
  • 6AAT3044 Special Questions in Social Ethics


  • 7AAJM209 'Truth and Reconciliation in Divided Societies
  • 7AATC510 Leadership Ethics: in a new key
  • 7AATC511 Practising Leadership
  • 7AATC512 Approaches to Leadership

Clemens is also the convenor of the new MA in Ethical Leadership, and welcomes enquiries from potential students about this programme.  



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