The Personalist Vision of Love and Marriage

About the Event

The Personalist Vision of Love and Marriage was the third annual summer seminar of the Hildebrand Legacy Project. Readings including Hildebrand's The Nature of Love and Marriage, and Karol Wojtyla's Love and Responsibility allowed the participants to delve deeper into an understanding of the personalist view of love. The seminar was led by Dr. Jules van Schaijik, cofounder of the Personalist Project, and Dr. Maria Seifert-Wolter of Franciscan University’s campus in Gaming, Austria. There were special presentations by Dr. Mark Roberts, of Franciscan University, and by Dr. John F. Crosby, Senior Fellow of the Legacy Project, founding director of MA philosophy at Franciscan University, and himself a student of von Hildebrand.

About the Presenters

  Dr. Jules van Schaijik is the cofounder of the Personalist Project. 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.

 Dr. Maria Seifert-Wolter is of Franciscan University’s campus in Gaming, Austria. Professor Wolter works in the areas of phenomenology, axiology, personalist philosophy, and ethics. Her research has also focused on the philosophy of Dietrich von Hildebrand, Karol Wojtyla, and John Henry Newman, as well as bio-ethics.


 Dr. Mark Roberts is a member of the American Philosophical Association, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 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 has recently been named editor of a new 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. John F. Crosby was formerly a professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. Since 1990 he has been a professor of philosophy and founding chairman of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville; he also serves as Senior Fellow at the Hildebrand Legacy Project. A student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, Prof. Crosby is known internationally for his many articles and for his two major books in personalist philosophy, The Selfhood of the Human Person (1996) and Personalist Papers (2003).


Sunday, July 14 

6:00-9:00pm: Opening dinner reception in the Gallery, J.C. Williams Center. 

Monday, July 15: The Dignity of Human Love 

9:00-11:30am: Presentation: John F. Crosby on love as a value response according to von Hildebrand. 

2:00-4:30pm: Presentation: Maria Wolter and Jules van Schaijik on critics of von Hildebrand’s conception of love. 

Tuesday, July 16: Love and the Heart; Love and the Desire to be Loved 

9:00-11:30am: Presentation: Maria Wolter on the role of the heart and the will in von Hildebrand’s vision of love. 

Presentation: Jules van Schaijik on Karol Wojtyla’s different view of the role of the will and the heart in love. 

2:00-4:30pm: Presentation: Maria Wolter on the desire to be loved and to be united with the beloved person. 

Wednesday, July 17: Human Sexuality, Purity, Spousal Love 

9:00-11:30am: Presentation: Maria Wolter on the main themes of In Defense of Purity. 

2:00-4:30pm: Presentation: Jules van Schaijik on Wojtyla’s thought on sexual shame.

Thursday, July 18: Marriage 

9:00-11:30am: Presentation: Mark Roberts on von Hildebrand’s thought on marriage, with seminar faculty. 

Friday, July 19: Marriage and Procreation 

9:00-11:30am: Presentation: Jules van Schaijik on von Hildebrand on marriage and procreation. 

Presentation: Sherif Girgis on new natural law (NNL) approach to marriage and procreation. 

6:00-9:00pm: Closing dinner for seminar participants in the Gallery, J.C. Williams Center. 

Saturday, July 20 

8:00-10:00am: Checkout and Departure


 July 15 - July 19, 2013


Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

To Attend


More Information