Vittorio Hösle

Paul G. Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters
Concurrent Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic and at the Kroc Institute

Paul G. Kimball Professor of Arts and Letters
100 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Office Hours
Th 10-11 or by appointment



Ph.D. 1982, and Habilitation 1986, Tübingen

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Aesthetics
  • Hermeneutics
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • World Literature
  • Film


Hösle studied Philosophy, Classics, and Sanskrit because he was both interested in the "ultimate questions" and wanted to understand the answers that earlier civilizations gave to them. He has taught at Notre Dame since 1999, where he founded the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

Representative Publications and Accomplishments

Morals and Politics, 2004

The Philosophical Dialogue, 2012

God as Reason, 2013

Eric Rohmer. Filmmaker and Philosopher, 2016

A Short History of German Philosophy, 2017