St. Olaf College

Recent Lectures

Professor Anthony Rudd on Kierkegaard and Nature

Professor Vincent McCarthy

Vincent McCarthy, Ph.D. (Stanford), is a professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s University, having served there also as Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is widely published in the fields of enlightenment philosophy, existentialism, and the philosophy of religion.


Kierkegaard and Psychology before Psychology

 Did Heidegger Plagiarize Kierkegaard?


Professor Richard Crouter

Richard E. Crouter, Emeritus at Carleton College (Occidental, B.A.; Union theological Seminary, B.D., Th. D.) 1967 – 2003, has a primary interest in the modern religious thought of Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard, and Reinhold Niebuhr. His most recent book is Reinhold Niebuhr: On Politics, Religion, and Christian Faith (2010).

Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard


Professor Charles Taliaferro

Charles Taliaferro, Ph.D. (Brown), MTS (Harvard) is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at St. Olaf College. Taliaferro is the author, editor or co-author of over 20 books. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of Open Theology (based in Berlin).

The Role of Imagination in Things Platonic, Kierkegaardian, and in Contemporary Philosophy


Professor Peder Jothen

Peder Jothen, Ph.D. (U Chicago Divinity School), M. Div. (U Chicago Divinity School), teaches classes in Bible, theology, and ethics. His research revolves around questions of moral formation and practice, especially in relation to culture and aesthetics. His first book, Kierkegaard, Aesthetics, and Selfhood: The Art of Subjectivity, is now published by Ashgate.

The Good and the Perverse: Kierkegaard and the Ethics of Beauty


Professor Antony Aumann

Professor Aumann joined the faculty at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2010. Previously, he taught at Ohio State University and held a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Olaf College. He regularly teaches courses on aesthetics, religion, and existentialism, and he coordinates the Religious Studies Minor. His research focuses primarily on the writings of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. He also works on contemporary issues concerning the philosophy of art and emotions.

Kierkegaard on Authentic Selfhood and the Need for Divine and Human Others – Full Text


Professor Sergia Hay

Sergia Hay is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where she teaches courses in the history of philosophy and ethics, including an existentialism course this fall featuring Søren Kierkegaard. Prof. Hay studied philosophy at Wellesley College, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. She is a past Summer Fellow at the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library and her research focuses on Kierkegaard’s Christian ethics and the intersections between Socrates, Kierkegaard, and Johann Hamann. She is the daughter of two St. Olaf graduates, David and Karen Nasby, and is married to Todd Hay, Ph.D, a data scientist for NOAA with whom she enjoys their two daughters, Aurland (18) and Eva (10).

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