Jules van Schaijik

Jules van Schaijik was born and raised in The Netherlands.  He received his BA from Franciscan University in 1989.  Originally planning a career in business, his interest in philosophy was awakened through the discovery of Dietrich von Hildebrand's thought in the areas of love, marriage and ethics.  After graduating from Franciscan, he and his wife, Katie, studied together at the International Academy of Philosophy under Josef Seifert, John Crosby and Rocco Buttiglione, deepening their interest in personalist philosophy, especially as it is found in the work of such thinkers as von Hildebrand, Søren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman and Karol Wojtyla.  He received his doctorate in 2000, and is preparing his dissertation on von Hildebrand's analysis of moral wrong-doing for publication.  He has taught courses at Franciscan University, the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, and at St. John's Seminary in s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.  He is currently Assistant Professor and Chairman of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, where he has been teaching since 2000.  His appreciation for and dedication to von Hildebrand's legacy continues to grow, in part through close friendship and intellectual collaboration with von Hildebrand's widow, Alice von Hildebrand, who spends summers in New Hampshire with the van Schaijiks and their five children.