Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven
The Institute of Philosophy is the faculty of philosophy at the University of Leuven which was founded in 1889 by Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier with the intent to be a beacon of Neo-Thomist philosophy. Its main buildings are located in the center of Leuven, Belgium at Kardinaal Mercier Square.
The institute was founded in 1889, although Philosophy and Theology have been taught at the University since it was founded in 1425. The institute taught programs in both French and Dutch. After the language split, programs continued in Dutch with little and at times no content taught in French. In 1993 the institute became officially a faculty of philosophy. There are very few universities or colleges that have their own dedicated faculty of philosophy. In 1969 the institute introduced courses in English which has since grown into a full blown program.
The institute offers both taught and research degrees (B.A., M.A., MPhil and PhD) as well as pre-doc and post-doc programs, both in Dutch and English. Students can take classes in both languages if desired.
- Cultural Philosophy
- Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
- Logic and Analytical Philosophy
- Metaphysics and Modern Philosophy
- Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
The Institute is well known as the home of the Husserl-Archives. After the death of the founder of the phenomenological movement, fearing for the destruction of his Nachlass at the hands of the Nazis, Father Herman Van Breda, (Franciscan), PhD student at the institute, saved Husserl's manuscripts, library and widow and smuggled them to Leuven via diplomatic channels.
Research and publications
The Institute publishes a Dutch-language philosophy journal, called the Tijdschrift voor Philosophie, and Ethische Perspectieven / Ethical Perspectives. It also organizes several major publication efforts, including the Husserliana (Husserl-Archives) and the Aristoteles Latinus (De Wulf-Mansion centre), the Latin editions of Aristotle's works known to the medieval philosophers.
- More than 30 lecturers and professors
- 80 researchers in 5 departments
- more than 100 graduate students
- Circa 750 students (of which 50% international students)
Internationally renowned professors who have lectured at the institute:
Notable Former Students
- Pieter Adriaens, professor and former student
- Thomas D. Carroll, priest and former student (PhD, and PhL) at the Leuven
- Craig J. N. de Paulo, priest, philosopher and theologian, doctoral research at Leuven (1992-1993)
- Marin Gillis, professor and former student
- Hans Lindahl, professor and former student
- Marc Sebrecht, professor and former student
- Bruce Ellis Benson, professor, Wheaton College, USA
- Joseph J. Kockelmans, professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA
- Renee Kohler-Ryan, senior lecturer, The University of Notre Dame, Sydney, Australia
- Wha-Chul Son, professor, Handong Global University, Korea
- John Hymers, assistant professor, La Salle University, Philadelphia, USA
- Tanya Loughead, associate professor, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA
- Richard Chung Kee Lee assistant professor, Hong Kong Baptist University
- Damian C. Ilodigwe lecturer in Philosophy, SS Peter & Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan, Nigeria
- Nikolaj Zunic associate professor, St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- Jeffrey Bloechl, associate professor, Boston College, USA
- Stephan Lake, associate professor, Trinity Christian College, IL, USA
- Jovino G. Miroy, associate professor, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
- Institute of Philosophy (English)
- Site of the Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
- Journal Ethische Perspectieven (NL) / Ethical Perspectives (EN)