Alice von Hildebrand

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Alice von Hildebrand
Born Alice Jourdain
11 March 1923

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. In 1959 she married the philosopher and theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889–1977), having met him at Fordham University in New York City, where she was a student and he was a professor. Dietrich von Hildebrand's first wife had died in 1957. Alice von Hildebrand remained married to him until his death.

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.

She is a Dame Commander of the Order of St Gregory, a papal knighthood.


  • 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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