Arthur J. Schmitt Professor
Adriaan Theodoor Peperzak was born in Java (Indonesia) as a Dutch citizen. He studied philosophy in Venraai and theology in Alverna and Weert (The Netherlands). He obtained a licentiate in philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of Louvain University (Belgium) and a Ph.D. in the Humanities at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). His doctoral dissertation, Le jeune Hegel et la vision morale du monde (director: Paul Ricoeur), was published in 1960 and republished in 1969.
Peperzak taught at various universities of The Netherlands (including those of Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Nijmegen) and, as visiting professor, at the universities of Bandung (Indonesia), Mallorca (Spain), the Scuola Normale of Pisa (Italia), the Istituto degli Studi Filosofici of Naples (Italia), the University of Nice (France), Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania State University (State College), Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, Villanova University, and Stanford University, and he lectured at many others. Since 1991 to the present he has been the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.
His research in the history of philosophy has focused on Hegel (six books and numerous articles) and Emmanuel Levinas (two books and three others edited). He also published on Plato, Aristotle, Bonaventura, Descartes, Heidegger, and Ricoeur, and on thematic questions in ethics, social and political philosophy, metaphilosophy, and philosophy of religion.
On Hegel he wrote Philosophy and Politics; Selbsterkenntnis des Absoluten: Grund-linien der Hegelschen Philosophie des Geistes; Hegels praktische Philosophie; and Modern Freedom, Hegel's Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy. On Levinas he published To the Other: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas; and Beyond: The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Some of his more personal books are Before Ethics; Faith in Reason; Platonic Transformations; The Quest for Meaning; Elements of Ethics; and Philosophy between Faith and Theology.
Besides Dutch, he speaks and writes English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian; he also reads ancient Greek, Latin and Portuguese
Dr. Peperzak is general editor of the Purdue University Series in the History of Philosophy and member of the board of editors of the book series Perspectives in Continental Philosophy, published by Fordham University Press. His current works accepted for publication include: "Sincerely yours. Toward a Phenomenology of Me" in a volume on Levinas, in 2008. "Gods, ‘God,’ God," in Festschrift for Edith Wyschogrod, New York, Fordham University Press, in 2008. Sei Studi Hegeliani(manuscript of ± 200 pp.), Napoli, Istituto di Filosofia, in 2009. "Sacrifice or willing the Will," in Archivio di Filosofia (Roma), in 2008. "Paul Ricoeur: Reader, Responder, Writer," in a book on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, Continuum in 2009." Ontology and Ethics from the Perspective of Religion," in Archivio di Filosofia, in 2008. "Desire" for Festschrift for Remo Bodei. Other books include: Philosophy between Faith and Theology. Addresses to Catholic Intellectuals. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2005, 216 pp., Thinking. From Solitude to Dialogue and Contemplation, New York: Fordham University Press, 2006, 178 pp., Aanspraak en Bezinning (Speaking and Recollection), Kampen, Klement Publishing, 2007, 280 pp.