Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Professors Emeriti and Others

Ardis B. Collins, PhD

Title/s:  Professor Emerita
Editor of the Owl of Minerva



Ardis B. Collins held the rank of Professor in the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1968, after teaching for two years at St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana). In 1968, she joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago, and has continued as a member of its Philosophy Department ever since. She regularly teaches courses in social and political philosophy for beginning undergraduates, courses in early modern philosophy, Hegel’s social philosophy,Phenomenology, and philosophy of religion, for undergraduate majors, and courses on Hegel’s Phenomenology for graduate students. From time to time, she teaches courses in medieval thought, especially Thomas Aquinas, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Collins has served in various administrative and representative posts at Loyola University including the following: Director of Undergraduate Majors; Director of Graduate Philosophy; Philosophy representative on the Academic Council of the College of Arts and Sciences; PhD Council representative on the Graduate Studies Coordinating Board; two Search Committees, one for Dean of the Graduate School, one for Director of the Rome Center.

Dr. Collins has just completed a book entitled Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Dialectical Justification of Philosophy’s First Principles, forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press, announced for April, 2013. As organizer of the Hegel Society of America’s 1992 Conference, Dr. Collins served as editor of the collection in which the Conference papers were published, entitled Hegel on the Modern World (SUNY Press, 1995). In medieval and Renaissance philosophy, she has published The Secular Is Sacred: Platonism and Thomism in Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic Theology(Martinus Nijhoff, 1974, copyright now held by Springer). Her articles appear in various journals and collections, such as Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Dialogue: A Canadian Philosophical Journal,Cardoza Law Review, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, The Bloomsbury Companion to Hegel (Bloomsbury Press, 2012), The New Hegelians: Politics and Philosophy in the Hegelian School, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism: Studies in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, (SUNY Press, 2001), Method and Speculation in Hegel's Phenomenology (Humanities Press, 1982). She is currently beginning a new project which uses Hegel’s Phenomenology as a resource for studying the role of religious diversity in domestic and international social relations.

Dr. Collins has served as an editorial consultant for the History of Philosophy Quarterly, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. In 1996, she took over as Editor-in-chief of the Owl of Minerva, an international journal published by The Hegel Society of America. She has also served on the Hegel Society’s Executive Council as councilor (1978–82, 1986–88), Vice President and organizer of the conference program (1990–92), President.(2010–12), Treasurer and Editor of the journal (1996–present).


University of Toronto

Research Interests

Hegel (especially the Phenomenology), history of philosophy (especially Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio Ficino, Nicholas of Cusa, Aristotle), social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, epistemology, and metaphysics