Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

ADRIAAN TH. PEPERZAK - Curriculum vitae


Department of Philosophy
Loyola University Chicago
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Curriculum Vitae

Adriaan Theodoor Peperzak was born in Malang (Java, Indonesia). He attended grade schools and the City Gymnasium in Hilversum (The Netherlands), studied philosophy and theology in The Netherlands, and continued his philosophical studies in Leuven (Belgium), where he obtained his licentiate degree from the Higher Institute of Philosophy with a dissertation on G.W.F. Hegel's work Differenz des Fichteschen und Schellingschen Systems der Philosophie (1801). He continued his studies of philosophy at the Faculté des sciences humaines of the University of Paris (Sorbonne), where he obtained his PhD (cum laude) after defending his dissertation, Le jeune Hegel et la vision morale du monde (Director, Paul Ricoeur; other readers, J. Wahl and J. Hyppolite). This work was published in the fall of 1960 by M. Nijhoff, The Hague (second edition 1969).

From September 1959 to July 1965 he taught philosophical anthropology, ethics and social philosophy in Venraai, The Netherlands, and, from 1960 to 1962, also the history of Greek philosophy. In October 1963 he was appointed part-time assistant professor in philosophical anthropology in the Law School of the University of Nijmegen; in September 1964 he was promoted to part-time associate professor ("lector") with the same task. In September 1966 he became Radboud professor of philosophy at the Polytechnical School in Delft, while being appointed in Nijmegen as part-time professor in philosophical anthropology.  In addition to his tasks in Nijmegen and Delft, he taught since 1967 as full professorship in ethics and social philosophy at the newly founded Catholic Theological School (KTHU) of Utrecht (1967-1969). In September 1968 he resigned from Delft in order to become full professor of philosophy of law and social philosophy at the University of Nijmegen. In 1969 he resigned from the KTHU. In 1971 followed his appointment as full professor in systematic philosophy and the history of modern and contemporary philosophy at the National University of Utrecht. In addition to this professorship, he remained from September 1971 to September 1972 part-time professor in Nijmegen. From September 1973 to January 1974 he combined his professorship in Utrecht with a part-time professorship in philosophical ethics in Nijmegen, which became a full professorship in January 1974. In Utrecht he remained part-time professor of systematic philosophy until September 1976. From May 1975 until January 1978 he was chairman of the Philosophy Department in Nijmegen. In August 1984 his chair was redefined as a chair for epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. In April 1988 he was appointed Radboud professor of philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and his professorship at the University of Nijmegen was reduced to epistemology and metaphysics. Since 1991 he is Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Peperzak regularly participated in the conferences of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), the American Hegel Society, the Heidegger Circle, and the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology. From 1970 until 1975 he represented The Netherlands in the Wissenschaftliche Beirat of the International Hegel Vereinigung; in 1987 he was reelected as a member of the Beirat. From 1987 until 1991 he was member of the Beirat of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Phänomenologische Forschung. From 1965 until 1969 he was a member of the board and from 1974 until 1980 chairman of the Dutch Society for Philosophy "Thomas Aquinas." In 1976 and 1977 he chaired the Section Philosophy of the Dutch Academic Council. From 1969 until 1988 he was one of the editors of the philosophical journal Wijsgerig Perspektief (Philosophical Perspective) and from 1986 until 1992 one of the editors of the Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Filosofie (The General Dutch Review of Philosophy). Since 1986 he has been member of the advisory editorial board of Continental Philosophy Review and from 1996 to 2000 he has been a member of the advisory board for the journal Faith and Philosophy. He has also been a member of the advisory board of Continental Philosophy, edited by Hugh J. Silverman, and of the Italian review Informazioni Filosofiche (Milano-Napoli, Italy). From 1985 until October 1987 he was chairman of the Foundation for Philosophical Research (SWON) of the Dutch National Organization for Scientific Research (ZWO). During the academic year 1986-1987 he worked as fellow at the Netherlands' Institute for Advanced Research (NIAS) in Wassenaar. He is general editor of the Purdue University Series in the History of Philosophy and a member of the board of editors of the book series Perspectives in Continental Philosophy edited by John D. Caputo and published by Fordham University Press.

Besides Dutch, he speaks and writes English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian; he also reads ancient Greek, Latin and Portuguese.

See also Marquis' Who is Who in the World, the Dictionary of International Biography, Men of Archievement: International Who's Who in Education, and Who's Who in Western Europe.

On December 11, 1992, at the occasion of his farewell address to the University of Nijmegen, he was honored by two libri amicorum:

Paul van Tongeren, Paul Sars, Chris Bremmers, Koen Boey (eds.), Eros and Eris: Contributions to a Hermeneutical Phenomenology (Phaenomenologica n. 127), Dordrecht, Kluwer 1992; and

Koen Boey, Chris Bremmers, Paul Sars, Paul van Tongeren (eds.), Om de waarheid te zeggen. Opstellen over literatuur en filosofie (To tell the truth. Essays on philosophy and literature), Kampen, Kok 1992.

Adriaan Peperzak taught on a wide range of thematic and historical topics at the universities of Nijmegen, Delft, Utrecht, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Nice (France), the Scuola Normale in Pisa (Italy), Mallorca (Spain), Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), Boston College (MA), Pennsylvania State University (PA), Villanova University (PA), Poitiers (France), Paris, Stanford University (CA), and lectured at many universities and institutes of the USA, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, India, Indonesia, and Taiwan and The Philippines. He has participated in many conferences by presenting papers and addresses.

Dr. Peperzak's book publications include:

Le jeune Hegel et la vision morale du monde, deuxième édition corrigée et augmentée. La Haye: M. Nijhoff, 1969; XV + 264 pp.

Gronden en Grenzen; Wijsgerige en teologische overdenkingen. Haarlem: Gottmer, 1967; 273 pp. (Grounds and Bounds)

Der heutige Mensch und die Heilsfrage: eine philosophische Hinführung. Freiburg: Herder, 1972; 244 pp.

Vrijheid: Inleiding in de wijsgerige antropologie I. Bilthoven: Ambo, 1972; 92 pp. (Freedom: Introduction to a Philosophical Anthropology I); 1973; 1975.

Weefsels. Een inleiding in het Filosoferen. Bilthoven: Ambo, 1974 (Textures: an Introduction to Philosophical Thought), 234 pp.

U en ik: Inleiding in de wijsgerige antropologie II. Bilthoven: Ambo, 1976; 104 pp. (You and I: Introduction to a Philosophical Anthropology II).

System and History in Philosophy. Albany: SUNY Press, 1986; 172 pp.

Philosophy and Politics. A Commentary on the Preface of Hegel's Philosophy of Right (International Archives of the History of Ideas n. 113). Dordrecht/Boston/Lancaster: M. Nijhoff, 1987; X + 144 pp.

Selbsterkenntnis des Absoluten. Grundlinien der Hegelschen Philosophie des Geistes (Spekulation und Erfahrung II, 6). Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1987; 181 pp. (Self-Knowledge of the Absolute).

E. Levinas & A. Peperzak, Etica come filosofia prima (a cura di Fabio Ciaramelli). Milano: Guerini, 1989, 185 pp.

Zoeken naar zin. Kampen: Kok, 1990; 131 pp. (Searching for Meaning).

Hegels praktische Philosophie. Ein Kommentar zur enzyklopädischen Darstellung der menschlichen Freiheit und ihrer objektiven Verwirklichung (Spekulation und Erfahrung II 19). Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1991; 372 pp. (Hegel's Practical Philosophy).

Tussen filosofie en theologie. Kampen: Kok, 1991; 192 pp. (Between Philosophy and Theology).

Filosofie als Wetenschap; Introduction, translation and commentary of G.W.F. Hegel Encyclopedia §§ 1-37. Kampen: Kok-Agora, 1991; 166 pp. (Philosophy as Science).

To The Other. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (Purdue Series in the History of Philosophy). West Lafayette: Purdue UP, January 1993; 247 pp.

Ethics as First Philosophy. The Significance of Emmanuel Levinas for Philosophy, Literature and Religion (ed. and with an introduction by Adriaan T. Peperzak). New York & London: Routledge, 1995; 251 pp.

Adriaan Peperzak, Simon Critchley, Robert Bernasconi (eds.), Basic Philosophical Writings of Emmanuel Levinas. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996, sv + 201 pp.

Platonic Transformations. With and After Hegel, Heidegger, and Levinas. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997, xiv + 265 pp.

Beyond. The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1997, xviii + 248 pp.

Before Ethics. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1997/Amherst: Prometheus Press, 1998, 145 pp.

Reason in Faith: On the Relevance of Christian Spirituality for Philosophy. New York: Paulist Press, 1999, xi + 152 pp.

Modern Freedom: Hegel's Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy. Dordrecht-Boston: Kluwer, 2001, xxvi + 675 pp.

Het Menselijk Gelaat. Essays van Emmanuel Levinas; new introduction, new translation, and new notes to essays of Emmanuel Levinas, Amsterdam: Ambo Anthos, 2003. (The Human Face).

The Quest for Meaning. Friends of Wisdom from Plato to Levinas. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003, x + 240 pp.

Elements of Ethics. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2004, xiv + 283 pp.

Philosophy between Faith and Theology. Addresses to Catholic Intellectuals. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2005, xiv + 216pp.

Thinking. From Solitude to Dialogue and Contemplation.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2006, 178 pp.

Aanspraak en Bezinning (Speaking and Recollection), Kampen, Klement Publishing, 2007.

Savoir et Sagesse, Paris, Press Universitaires de France, 2011.

Thinking about Thinking.  New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Trust. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.


Dr. Peperzak's published articles include:

"Existenz und Denken im Werden der Hegelschen Philosophie," in: Scholastik 38 (1963), pp. 226-238 ("Existence and Thought in the Development of Hegel's Philosophy").

"Pointers toward a Dialogic?" in: Man and World 9 (1976), pp. 372-392.

"Religion et politique dans la philosophie de Hegel," in: G. Planty-Bonjour (ed.), Hegel et la Religion. Paris: PUF, 1982; pp. 37-76 ("Religion and Politics in the Philosophy of Hegel").

"Zur Hegelschen Ethik," in: D. Henrich & H. Horstmann (eds.), Hegels Philosophie des Rechts. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1982; pp. 103-131 ("On Hegel's Ethics").

"Hegels Pflichten- und Tugendlehre. Eine Analyse und Interpretation der Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts, §§ 142-156," in: Ludwig Siep (ed.), Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1997, pp. 167-191.

"The Foundations of Ethics according to Hegel," in: International Philosophical Quarterly 23 (1983), pp. 349-365.

"Moralische Aspekte der Hegelschen Rechtsphilosophie," in: H.C. Lucas & O. Pöggeler, Hegels Rechtsphilosophie im Zusammenhang der europäischen Verfassungsgeschichte. Stuttgart: Frommann-Holzboog, 1986; pp. 447-463 ("Moral Aspects of Hegel's Philosophy of Right").

"Der Andere und die Ontologie. Einige Bemerkungen zum Verhältnis von Levinas und Heidegger," in: A. Gethmann-Siefert (ed.), Philosophie und Poesie. Otto Pöggeler zum 60. Geburtstag. Stuttgart: Fromman-Holzboog, 1988; Bd. II, pp. 195-212. ("The Other and Ontology: Some Remarks on the Relation Between Levinas and Heidegger").

"Einige Fragen zum Thema 'Hegel und Heidegger,'" in: M.F. Fresco e.a. (eds.), Heideggers These vom Ende der Philosophie. Bonn: Bouvier, 1989; pp. 49-74. ("Some Questions Concerning 'Hegel and Heidegger'").

"Selbstbewußtsein-Vernunft-Freiheit-Geist" in: L.Eley (ed.), Hegels Theorie des subjektiven Geistes in der "Enzyklopädie der philosophischen Wissenschaften im Grundrisse" (Spekulation und Erfahrung II, 14). Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 1990; pp. 280-312 ("Self-Consciousness-Reason-Freedom-Spirit").

"Logic and History in Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit," in: Hans Friedrich Fulda & Rolf-Peter Horstmann (eds.), Vernunftbegriffe in der Moderne. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1994; pp. 607-622; also in: Giancarlo Movia (ed.), La logica di Hegel e la storia della filosofia (Atti del Convegno di Cagliari, 20-22 Aprile 1993), Cagliari, Edizioni AV, 1996, pp. 49-70.

"Hegel contra Hegel in his Philosophy of Right: The Contradictions of International Politics," in: Journal of the History of Philosophy 32 (1994), pp. 241-264.

"Desire - (The) Passion," in: B. E. Babich (ed.), From Phenomenology to Thought, Errancy, and Desire. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1995; pp. 253-261.

"'Second Nature': Place and Significance of the Objective Spirit in Hegel's Encyclopedia," in: The Owl of Minerva 27 (1995), pp. 51-66.

"Phenomenology, Ethics, Politics," in: K. Thompson and L. Embree (eds.), Phenomenology of the Political. Boston-Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2000, pp. 55-64.

"Anerkennung im Werk von Emmanuel Levinas," in: Wolfgang Schild (ed.), Anerkennung: Interdisziplinäre Dimensionen eines Begriffs. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2000, pp. 157-166.

"Subjektivität bei Hegel und Levinas," in: Dietmar H. Heidemann (ed.), Probleme der Subjektivität in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 2002, pp. 185-199.

"La référence érotique des négations théocentriques," in: Marco M. Olivetti (ed.) Théologie Négative, Padova: CEDAM, 2003, pp. 83-94.

"Ethical Life," in: Research in Phenomenology 33 (2003), pp. 141-154.

"Double-Faced Subjectivity," in: Barbara Merker et al. (eds.), Subjektivität und Anerkennung, Paderborn: Mentis, 2004, pp.167-179.

"Unendlichkeit in Hegel und Levinas," in: Endlichkeit im Deutschen Idealismus (Francesca Menegoni and Lucas Illetterati eds.), Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2004, pp.186-208.

“Moralidad-Política-Religión,” in: Mariano Álvarez Gómez and Maria del Carmen Paredes Martín (eds.), La Controversia de Hegel con Kant, Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2004, pp. 133-142.

“Note sur la Remarque du §270 de Hegel : Philosophie du Droit, ” in : Jean-Louis Vieillard-Baron (ed.), Hegel et la vie, Paris : Vrin, 2004, pp. 187-193.

“Le Don de la Parole, ” in: M. Olivetti (ed.), Le Don, Padova: CEDAM, 2005, pp. 115-128.

“Ethik und Interpersonalität,” in: Kristina Engelhard and Dietmar Heidemann (eds.), Ethikbegründungen zwischen Universalismus und Relativismus, New York: De Gruyter, 2005, pp. 275-288.

“Datief,” in Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 67 (2005), pp. 435-451.

“Métaphysique et ontologie,” in: Joëlle Hansel (ed.), Levinas. De l’être à l’autre, Paris : PUF, 2006, pp. 99-122.

“Freiheit bei Hegel,” in: E. Düsing et. al. (eds.) Freiheit, Wien (Austria), Königshausen & Neuman, 2006, pp. 153-169.

"¿Cómo hablar de Dios Al Hombre de Hoy? Un desafío para la Filosofía del Siglo XXI," in: FranciscoXavier Sánchez Hernández (ed.) ¿Cómo hablar de Dios Al Hombre de Hoy? Un Desafío para la Filosofía del Siglo XXI (Actas del III Coloquio de Filosofía de la UPM) Mexico, 2006, pp. 11-36.

“You: Universal and Unique,” in Le Tiers. Archivio di Filosofia 74 (2006), pp. 195-204, Pisa, Serra, 2006.

“Morale et droit naturel chez Hegel,” in: J.-L. Vieillard Baron et Y.C. Zarka (eds.), Hegel et le droit naturel moderne, Paris, Vrin, 2006, pp. 121-138.

“From Politics to Ethics (Hegel) or from Ethics to Politics (Levinas)?” in Levinas Studies, vol. 2 (2007), pp. 197-214 & 239-241.

"Ontology and Ethics from the Perspective of Religion," in Filosofia della religione (Archivio di Filosofia 75), nn. 1-2, Pisa, Serra, 2008. pp. 369-380.

“Vie et mort,” in Jean-Marie Brohm & Jean Leclercq (eds.), Michel Henry (Les Dossiers H), Lausanne, L’Age d’Homme, 2009, pp. 466-470.

“Gods, ‘God,’ God,” in Eric Boynton and Martin Kafka (eds.) Saintly Influence; Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion, New York, Fordham University Press, 2009, pp. 82-94.

“Paul Ricoeur: Reader, Teacher, Writer,” in Scott Davidson (ed.), Ricoeur Across the Disciplines, New York, Continuum, 2010, pp. 12-29.

“Das Begehren: Plato-Augustin-Bonaventura” in: Thomas Schlicht (ed.), Zweck
 und Natur. Historische und systematische Untersuchungen zur Teleologie, München,  FinkVerlag (2011), pp.37-52.

“Algunas tesis para la crítica de Emmanuel Levinas a Heidegger“ (trl. Luis César Santiesteban), in Signos Filosoficos 25 (2011), pp.151-168.

 “How rational is the heart? How natural is reason? How universal is faith?” in J. Bloechl (ed.), Christianity and Secular Reason. Classical Themes and Modern Developments, Notre Dame University Press, pp.23-43, forthcoming early (2012)

“Figuring/Refiguring God,” in Michelle Rebidoux (ed.), Analecta Hermeneutica: Refiguring Divinity: Continental Philosophy of Religion, No.4, 2012, pp. 1-10.

“A Re-Reading of Heidegger’s ‘Phenomenology and Theology’,” in: B. Babich and D. Ginev (eds.), The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology (Festschrift for Joseph Kockelmans), NewYork, Springer 2013, pp. 317-337.


Revised March 2014