2020 Hildebrand Summer Residency | A Virtual Event

2020 Summer Residency | A Virtual Event

The Hildebrand Project is pleased to announce our second annual summer residency program to support MA and PhD students, postdocs, and scholars working on Dietrich von Hildebrand or in conversation with some aspect of his thought.

Participants will have the chance to work with a faculty deeply versed in the totality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s oeuvre, to present drafts of an MA thesis, dissertation chapter, or scholarly article, and to do so in the company of peers. The daily schedule will be a blend of group discussions of work-in-progress, private consultations with faculty, and time for reading and writing.

The daily schedule will be a blend of private consultations with faculty, group discussions of work-in-progress, and time for reading and writing.

While a focus on Hildebrand is the key condition for eligibility, 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.

The residency will take place online immediately prior to the Hildebrand Project’s 10th annual summer seminar on The Heart, this year also being held online. Residency attendees will be considered accepted as Full Attendees of the seminar, enabling them to participate, should they wish, not just in open sessions but also in moderated small groups et al.

Daily Schedule

Sessions will begin on Monday, June 29th and run until Wednesday, July 1st.

10:00-10:55 AM EDT (Student Presentations)
11:00-11:55 AM EDT (Student Presentations)
12:00-12:55 AM EDT (Student Presentations)
Afternoon/Evening Various Times (one-on-one meetings with faculty, social gatherings)

Detailed schedule to come. Check back soon.


Rocco Buttiglione is a philosopher, statesman, and leading European public intellectual. He was a beloved friend and trusted collaborator of Pope St. John Paul II, and is an authority on his philosophical anthropology. His book Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man who became Pope John Paul II is a fundamental work on the pope’s early philosophy. A member of the Italian Parliament for over two decades, he serves on the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and holds the John Paul II Chair for Philosophy and History of European Institutions at the Lateran University in Rome. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Hildebrand Project.

John F. Crosby is professor and director of the MA Program in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published extensively on the philosophy of the human person. He was a student and friend of Dietrich von Hildebrand, and during his ten years teaching at John Paul II's Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome was deeply formed through personal and philosophical encounters with the Holy Father. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hildebrand Project, which he co-founded. His latest books are The Personalism of John Henry Newman and The Personalism of John Paul II.

Josef Seifert received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Salzburg in 1969 and, under Professor Robert Spaemann, his habilitation from the University of Munich (Privatdozent) in 1975. He studied chiefly under Balduin Schwarz, the most distinguished German former student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, at the University of Salzburg, and under Gabriel Marcel in Paris. Since his childhood (from age 3 on) he knew Hildebrand personally, because Seifert’s mother had been a student of Hildebrand in Munich and both of his parents were Hildebrand’s friends. He is the author of many books, and Europe’s leading student and teacher of Hildebrand’s philosophy.

Mark K. Spencer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. He earned his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, and his M.A. and B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he first encountered the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand. In his research, he focuses on topics like the human person, beauty, and God's relations to us. In over thirty articles, he has brought together many approaches to these topics, including Thomism, Scotism, phenomenology, personalism, and Greek patristics. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Susanna, and their four children.

Virtual Format

All presentations, group discussions, and faculty consultations will be conducted in Zoom. Links for each session will be sent out ahead of time.

Attendees will submit an outline and chapter of a thesis, dissertation, or writing project (limited to 20 pages, double-spaced) for prior review by residency faculty and fellow participants. Submissions will be due June 12.

Upon acceptance, attendees agree to read in advance the papers of fellow participants and to be prepared to offer questions and feedback.

How to Apply

The seminar is open to MA and PhD students, postdocs, philosophers, and individuals otherwise engaged in advanced intellectual writing. The application process is based on interest but subject to space limitations. The application window ends June 5, 2020. The application is available online here.

Fees and Scholarships

There is no cost to participate in the residency. We invite a tax-deductible donation, if you are able, to help defray our costs (e.g., honoraria of faculty presenters) and continue our programming.


June 29 – July 1, 2020


Franciscan University of Steubenville

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