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Dr. Robert E. Wood

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Department of Philosophy
Location: Braniff 344
Office Phone: 972-721-5141

Robert E. Wood is currently Professor of Philosophy in the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. From 1989 to 2009 he was editor of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly and in 1994 President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. His Placing Aesthetics: Reflections on the Philosophic Tradition received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award in 2000. He has published over eighty articles in aesthetics, metaphysics, and anthropology.


History of Philosophy


Ph.D., (Philosophy), Marquette University, 1967
Dissertation: Martin Buber's Ontology: An Analysis of I AND THOU

M.A., (Philosophy), Marquette University, 1963
Thesis: Intuition in Bergson

B.A., (History and Philosophy), Marquette University, 1958

Recent Courses

Phi 1301 Philosophy & the Ethical Life
Phi 3311 Philosophy of Being
Phi 3325 Ancient Philosophy
Phi 3332 Aesthetics: Plato, Dewey, Heidegger
Phi 4338 Philosophy of Religion
Phi 5160 Phenomenology of Feelings
Phi 5160 Phenomenology Workshop
Phi 6310 Plato's Eleatic Dialogues
Phi 6332 Studies in Phenomenological Thought
Phi 6352 Kant's Ethics
Phi 7344 Hegel's Logic
Phi 7344 Text Seminar: Kant's Critique of Judgment
Phi 7355 Text Seminar: Husserl's Logical Investigations
Phi 7355 Text Seminar; Hegel: Logic, Nature, Spirit
Phi 7355 Text Seminar: Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Phi 7355 TS/Hegel's Phenomenology/Spirit
Phi 8338 Philosophy of Religion
Phi 8345 Philosophical Anthropology
IPS 8352 Hegel, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky
SOM Introduction to Philosophy (Deacon's Program, Tyler Diocese)
Phi 6351-01 TS: Post-Modernity: Merleau-Ponty
Phi 6312-01 Plato's Trilogy
Phi 2323-03 Human Person
Phi 3322-01 Aesthetics

Fall 2015 Courses

Phi 4341-01 Senior Seminar

Fall 2015 Office Hours
Tuesday 3:30-4:30 PM
Friday 11:00-12:00 PM
Or by appointment

Book Publications

Martin Buber's Ontology: An Analysis of I AND THOU. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 1969.

A Path Into Metaphysics: Phenomenological, Hermeneutical, and Dialogical Studies. Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 1990.

Placing Aesthetics: Studies in the Philosophic Tradition. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999. Recipient of the American Library Association's Outstanding Academic Title Award, 2000.

Books Translated

Stephen Strasser, Phenomenology of Feeling: An Essay on the Phenomena of the Heart (New York: Humanities Press, 1977). Introduction by R. E. Wood.

Gabriel Marcel, Music and Philosophy (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2005), translated with Steven Maddux, Introduction by R. E. Wood.

Article Publications

Over 80 including:

Introduction to Stephen Strasser, Phenomenology of Feeling: An Essay on the Phenomena of the Heart, Preface for this edition by Paul Ricoeur, trans. Robert E. Wood. Pittsburgh: Duqnesne University Press, 1977.

"Image, Structure and Content: A Remark on a Passage in Plato's Republic," The Review of Metaphysics 40 (1987): 495–514.

"Philosophy, Aesthetics and Theology: A Review of Hans Urs von Balthasar's The Glory of the Lord," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 67:3 (1993): 355–82.

"Silence, Being and the Between: Picard, Heidegger, and Buber," Man and World 27 (1994): 121–34.

"Being and Manifestness: Philosophy, Science, and Poetry in an Evolutionary Worldview," International Philosophical Quarterly 35:4 (Dec., 1995): 437–47.

"Recovery of the Aesthetic Center," Presidential Address for Recovery of Form: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 69 (1994/5): 1–25.

"The Catholic Philosopher: Dancing at Arms Length with One's Theological Mistress," Philosophy and Theology 9:3 (1997): 251(Sean Burke Memorial Aquinas Lecture, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas).

"Hegel, Nietzsche, Dostoievski: Monasticism, Eternity, and the Heart," Philosophy and Theology 13:2 (2001): 193.

"Individuals, Universals, and Capacity," The Review of Metaphysics 54:3 (2001): 507 (Aquinas Lecture, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas).

"Phenomenology and the Perennial Task of Philosophy: A Study of Plato and Aristotle," Existentia, vol. XII, fasc. 3–4 (2002), (Sullivan Lecture, Fordham University, New York).

"Phenomenology of the Mailbox," Philosophy Today 47:2 (2003): 147–159.

"Reflections on Heraclitus," Existentia, vol. XIV, Fasc. 3–4, 2004.

"Freedom and Rights in Hegel," Existentia, vol. XVI, Fasc. 3–4 , 2007.

“Nature, Culture, and the Dialogical Imperative,” Person, Being and History: Essays in  Honor of Kenneth Schmitz, edited by Michael Baur and Robert E. Wood (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011).

“Rationality and Actuality: Hegel and the Prussian Reform Movement,” (with Charles Sullivan), Existentia, vol.XXI, Fasc. 1-2 (2011). 

Professional Services

General Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (formerly The New Scholasticism), organ of The American Catholic Philosophical Association (1989–2008)

President, American Catholic Philosophical Association (1994–95)

Representative Writings Online

"Being Human and the Question of Being"

"The Catholic Philosopher"

"The Recovery of the Aesthetic Center"

"Potentiality, Creativity, and Relationality: Creative Power as a 'New' Transcendental?"

Fides et Ratio

"What is Seeing? A Philosophic Analysis"

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