The Personalist Vision of Love & Marriage
3rd Annual Summer Seminar
July 15 – July 19, 2013
Love is not a decision; it is an affection. Love is not in the will, but in the heart.
Dr. Mark Roberts
“The Personalist Vision of Love and Marriage” examined the essential character of love as expressed within the personalist tradition, notably in Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Nature of Love and Marriage, as well as Karol Wojtyla’s Love and Responsibility.
With Hildebrand’s key insight that love is an affective, super-actual value-response as a guidepost, our speakers considered the role of affectivity and will in love, reconsidering the classical idea that love can be adequately explained as “willing the good” of another. In dialogue with many traditions, including new natural law, we considered the role of self-gift, purity, shame, and family.
Love and Marriage – Videos
Love as a Value Response according to Dietrich von Hildebrand (1/2)
Love as a Value Response according to Dietrich von Hildebrand (2/2)
Critics of Dietrich von Hildebrand's Conception of Love (1/2)
Critics of Dietrich von Hildebrand's Conception of Love (2/2)
The Role of the Heart and the Will in Dietrich von Hildebrand's Vision of Love
Karol Wojtyla's View of the Role of the Will and the Heart in Love.
2013 Seminar Faculty
Dr. Mark Roberts studied at the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.A. and M.A., and the University of Dallas where he received an M.A. and a Ph.D. He was a professor and Honors Faculty Fellow at the University of Rhode Island, and a member of the Faculty Senate from 1990 to 1992.
Professor Roberts came to Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1993.
He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, American Catholic Philosophical Association, North American Society of Early Phenomenology, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Southwestern Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. He has served on the Program Committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and was Vice-President of the Rhode Island Philosophical Society. In 2005 Prof. Roberts received the Alumni Teaching Award from Franciscan University, and has received a Fides et Ratio grant and several Faculty Enrichment grants. He is the former editor of the philosophy journal Quaestiones Disputatae. His work has been mainly in the areas of logic and philosophical logic, natural theology, Aquinas, von Hildebrand, and metaphysics.
Dr. Roberts retired in 2020.
Jules van Schaijik
Dr. Jules van Schaijik is the cofounder of the Personalist Project. He was Assistant Professor and Chairman of Philosophy at Ave Maria University. He was close friends and intellectual collaborator with Alice von Hildebrand, who spent summers in New Hampshire with the van Schaijiks and their five children.
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Personalism, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, Dietrich von Hildebrand
Prof. Crosby was himself a student of Dietrich Hildebrand. Besides writing major studies on the thought of John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, and making his own contributions to personalist philosophy, Prof. Crosby has devoted his long and distinguished academic career—first at the University of Dallas, then at the International Academy of Philosophy, and currently at Franciscan University of Steubenville—to introducing his students to the intellectual legacy of Hildebrand, and also to making Hildebrand better known in scholarly circles. Prof. Crosby was the translator of the English edition of Hildebrand’s philosophical masterpiece, The Nature of Love, and he also serves as the General Editor of all our present and future translations of Hildebrand’s works.
Dr. Wolter graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Theology, and History from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She pursued her M.A. in Philosophy, as well as her STB, M.A., and STL in Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven (KUL), Belgium, where she also received her Ph.D. in Philosophy. An Austrian-American national, she returned to Austria upon receiving her present appointment at Franciscan University of Steubenville at its Study Abroad Program in Gaming, Austria, in 2007.
Franciscan University, Austria Program
Instructor of Philosophy
Phenomenology, Modern and Renaissance Philosophy, Axiology, Personalism, and Ethics.