Areas of Specialization

Contemporary French and German Philosophy, Phenomenology, Theory of Interpretation, Critical theory, Philosophy of Literature


Areas of Competence

Aesthetics, Philosophy of Knowledge, Philosophy of language



  Institution Degree  Date Field of Study
Undergraduate Catholic University of Louvain “Licence” 1982 Romance Languages and Literatures
  Catholic University of Louvain “Licence” 1984 Philosophy
  Catholic University of Louvain “Licence” 1986 Linguistics
Graduate/Professional Goethe-Universität Frankfurt N/A 1984-85 Philosophy
  Albert-Universität Freiburg N/A 1989 Philosophy
  Catholic University of Louvain “Doctorat” 1990 Philosophy
Post Graduate University of Pennsylvania and Temple University N/A


(1 sem.)





Institution Title Date
Institut de Nazareth, (Differt, Belgium) High School teacher 1982-1983

Institut Saint-Joseph

(Saint-Hubert, Belgium)

High School teacher 1983

Collège Notre-Dame de Basse-Wavre

(Wavre, Belgium)

High School teacher 1983-1984

Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique

(Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research)

Research Fellow 1986-1990

Centre d'Études Théologiques et Pastorales            

Brussels (Belgium)

Part-time instructor 1991
Marquette University Assistant Professor 1991-1997
  Associate Professor 1997-2006
  Full Professor 2006-present


Honors and Awards

“Prix Cardinal Mercier 2013” for my book Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning (Routledge, 2012; paperback 2013): awarded by the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie of the Université de Louvain.

Permanent Invited Professor at Alberto Hurtado Universidad, Santiago, Chile, 2012-present

Included in Who’s Who in America, 2012-present

Associate researcher of the “Séminaire interdisciplinaire de recherche littéraire,” Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium

Plenary Speaker at the III Congreso iberoamericano sobre el pensamiento de Paul Ricoeur: Reconocimiento, Justicia y vida buena, Santiago de Chile, March 22, 2013.

Klingler Humanities Fellowship, 2010-2013, ($60,000)

Co-director of the book series Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Continuum Press

Associate researcher of the “Séminaire interdisciplinaire de recherche littéraire,” Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium

Keynote address at the Graduate Students Conference, Marquette University, March 2015

Keynote address at the Graduate Students Conference, University of Gonzaga, April 2008

Keynote Speaker for the Laghi Lecture, Pontifical College Josephinum, Ohio, March 2002

Grant from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences for organizing the Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, 2001-2011

Marquette University Summer Fellowships: 1992, 1994, 1998, 2004.

Marquette University Regular Research Grants: 1992, 1993, 2004.

Mellon Grant, 1995, 2001

University of Wisconsin Center for International Studies Small Grant, 1995

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Study and Research Grant for Faculty. Fink-Archiv, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, May-August 2002

First Prize: Concours Annuel 1993 de l’Académie Royale de Belgique for the manuscript of a monograph on Heidegger, 1993

Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, full-time Research Fellowship, 1986-1990

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst One-year Scholarship, University of Frankfurt, Germany, 1985-1986.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Language Scholarship, Goethe-Institut, Freiburg, Germany, August-September 1985



Seminars and Conferences Organized

Organized the 45th Annual Conference of the Heidegger Circle at Marquette University (May 6-8, 2011).

Organized a conference on Forgiveness in a Social and Political Context at Marquette University (May 14, 2010).

Organized a conference on The Ethics of Interpretation: From Ancient to Postmodern Times at Marquette University (May 13-14, 2009) with Dr. Franco Trivigno.

Organized the 38th Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle at Marquette University (June 26-29, 2008) with Dr. Sebastian Luft.

Organized the Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics from 2001 to 2011 (50 papers by faculty members of 20 different universities from the US and Europe. List available at



Editorial Responsibilities

Editor (with Danielle Lories) of the journal Études phénoménologiques /Phenomenological Studies (since 2015).

Director (with Kevin Hermberg) of the series Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics at Continuum and now Bloomsbury (since 2010).

Member of the Editorial Board of the Book Series Libri nigri published by Traugott Bautz Verlag

Member of the Editorial Board of the Book Series Libri virides Das Jungeforum published by Traugott Bautz Verlag

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Gatherings. The Heidegger Circle Annual.

Member of the editorial board of the journal Phantasia (published by the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels).

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Philosophy and Theology.

Associate researcher to “Séminaire interdisciplinaire de recherche littéraire,” Faculté universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium





FONDECYT (Research program of the Chilean Government), DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Research Council of the Académie universitaire 'Louvain' (AuL), Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ)


Continental Review, European Romantic Review, Gatherings, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, Revue Philosophique de Louvain, Studia Phenomenologica


Continuum, Bloomsbury, Marquette University Press, Northwestern University Press, Oxford University Press, Roman & Littlefield International, Routledge, Taylor & Francis

External reviewer:

University of Guelph, University of Texas at El Paso, St John’s University (Queens, NY)




Besides regular university and department committee service,

Director of Student Instruction (2015-present)

Director of Graduate Studies (2009-2011)

Chair, Search Committee for a junior faculty position: a junior faculty was hired (2004)

Chair, Search Committee for a senior faculty position: a senior faculty was hired (2007)

Search committee for the Schuenke Chair (2008)

Executive Committee: 1993-95; 1998-2000; 2002-2006; 2015-2016

Graduate Committee: 1996-1998; 2000-1; 2004-2008; 2009-2011

University Assessment Committee: 2014-present

University Core Curriculum Review Committee (2005-2008)

University Research Committee: 2002-2004

Haggerty Research Award Review Committee: 2003-2005

Mentor of first and second year teaching assistants: 2007-2009

Coordinator of a workshop on research and publication for graduate students: 2009-2011.

Member of the Intercollegiate Faculty Mentoring program (2005-present)


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