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Summer Reading Course & Graduate Residency
July 17-23, 2022
The Hildebrand Project is pleased to announce a new graduate-level reading course as well as our 4th annual graduate residency.
- Reading Course (July 17-20). This course will be led by our master faculty (each a student of either Dietrich von Hildebrand or Karol Wojytla), will be devoted to the close reading of some of the central texts in the philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand, notably his value-philosophy as articulated in his Ethics. The course does not require close familiarity with Hildebrand’s work; in fact, it is meant to provide an entry point for those interested in his work and to allow those already familiar with it to gain a deeper understanding of its key claims and contours. Participation is limited to MA students and above, though exceptions may be made for advanced undergraduates. There will be multiple sessions each day; each session will consist of a summary presentation followed by discussion.
- The Residency (July 20-23). The residency will follow immediately upon the reading course. Its aim is to support MA and PhD students, postdocs, and scholars working on Dietrich von Hildebrand or in conversation with some aspect of his thought by giving them the chance to present drafts of an MA thesis, dissertation chapter, or scholarly article. The daily schedule will be a blend of group discussions of work-in-progress, private consultations with faculty, and time for reading and writing.
Applicants may apply to attend the reading course or the residency; however, we highly encourage residency participants to also attend the course.
While a focus on Hildebrand is the key condition for eligibility to attend the residency, the Hildebrand Project invites work that brings his thought into conversation with:
- Philosophical traditions like analytic philosophy or phenomenology
- Specific contemporary issues in emotion theory, virtue ethics, aesthetics, etc.
- The intersection of faith and reason and the rehabilitation of reason in the sense of Wojtyla and Ratzinger
- The broader Catholic intellectual tradition, especially efforts to locate Hildebrand within this tradition
- Jewish, Protestant, and Orthodox philosophical and theological thought
We also welcome applicants working on other philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, John Henry Newman, Edmund Husserl, Adolf Reinach, Max Scheler, Edith Stein, Karol Wojtyla, Romano Guardini, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jacques Maritain, Joseph Ratzinger, Norris Clarke SJ, Emmanuel Levinas, Joseph Soloveitchik, Dallas Willard, et alia, provided their work is in substantive dialogue with Hildebrand.
Exceptions may be made for work in which Hildebrand’s thought is not central provided it is focused on close kindred spirits (e.g. Karol Wojtyla or Max Scheler) or on the intellectual tradition he represents. Please contact us before applying to find out if your work would fit our guidelines.
Detailed schedule to come. Check back soon.
The Reading Course and Graduate Residency will both be led by our Senior Scholars: Rocco Buttiglione, John F. Crosby, and Josef Seifert, each of whom was a student either of Dietrich von Hildebrand or Karol Wojtyla/St. John Paul II.
The Application Process
The application process for both events is based on interest but subject to space limitations.
The application window ends June 5, 2022. The application is available online
You will be able to select one, two, or both events during the application process.
Room, Board, and Travel
The Reading Course and Graduate Residency will be held on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where participants will be lodged in university housing. Participants also have the option of staying at the Franciscan Square Inn at their own expense. Participants will have access to the university library, internet, and other basic amenities.
Travel to and from Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided. Parking will be available on campus for those who drive.