Alice von Hildebrand

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Alice von Hildebrand DCSG (born Alice Jourdain; 11 March 1923 in Brussels, Belgium) is a Catholic philosopher and theologian and a former professor.

She came to the U.S. in 1940 and began teaching at Hunter College in New York City in 1947. She was married to the famous philosopher and theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889–1977), meeting him at Fordham University in New York City, where she was a student and he was a professor. She remained married to him until his death. Their grandson is anthropologist Martín von Hildebrand. She retired in 1984.

Alice von Hildebrand lives in the United States and is a lecturer and an author whose works include: The Privilege of Being a Woman (2002) and The Soul of a Lion: The Life of Dietrich von Hildebrand (2000), a biography of her husband.

In 2014, she published her autobiography, Memoirs of a Happy Failure,[1] about her escape from Nazi Europe and her teaching career at Hunter College.


  • Greek Culture, the Adventure of the Human Spirit, editor (G. Braziller, 1966)
  • Introduction to a Philosophy of Religion (Franciscan Herald Press, 1970)
  • By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride (Sophia Institute Press, 1989)
  • Women and the Priesthood (Franciscan University Press, 1994) ISBN 0-940535-72-6
  • By Grief Refined: Letters to a Widow (Franciscan University Press, 1994)
  • Memoiren und Aufsätze gegen den Nationalsozialismus, 1933–1938, with Dietrich von Hildebrand and Rudolf Ebneth, (Matthias-Grünewald-Verlag, 1994) ISBN 978-3-7867-1737-9
  • Soul of a Lion: Dietrich Von Hildebrand; A Biography (Ignatius Press, 2000) ISBN 0-89870-801-X
  • The Privilege of Being a Woman (Veritas Press, 2002)
  • Man and Woman: A Divine Invention (Ignatius Press, 2010) ISBN 1-932589-56-2
  • Memoirs of a Happy Failure (Saint Benedict Press, 2014) ISBN 978-1-618901-26-2


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