Virtual Reading Group: What is Philosophy?

A four week reading group through the What is Philosophy? with Maria Wolter.

Meetings will take place through Zoom over the course of four Fridays (Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5) from 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET.


Virtual Format

All meetings will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for each session will be sent out ahead of time.

To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.

All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule is available on the right-hand sidebar.


Reading groups are free to attend.

If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.

Your gift support this reading group, our publications, web resources, and other events, all of which contribute to bringing the vital, life-giving witness of personalist philosophy into new and uncertain times.

About the Text

"Philosophical questioning is neither an intellectual luxury nor a mere interest in an academic area but a fundamental component of the human spirit" Dietrich von Hildebrand. Prefatory Remarks, What is Philosophy?.

What is Philosophy?is Hildebrand's foundational work of epistemology, and is perhaps the most significant and nuanced work we have that defends the position of realist phenomenology.

About the Facilitator

Maria 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. Dr. Wolter is an Associated Scholar of the Hildebrand Project.


Four Sessions


Oct 15 // Oct 22 // Oct 29 // Nov 5, 2021


1:30 - 2:30 PM EDT


Suitable for beginner and intermediate: primarily discussion.


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