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Robert Wood, Ph.D.


Areas of Expertise

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

Selected Publications


Ratio et Fides: An Intro-duction to Philosophy for Theology. Wipf and Stock (Pickwick Series), 2019.

Being and the Cosmos: From Seeing to Indwelling. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2018.

Nature, Artforms, and the World Around Us: An Introduction to the Regions of Aesthetic Experience. Gewerbestrasse: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.

The Beautiful, the True, and the Good: Studies in the History of Thought. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2016.

W. F. Hegel, Hegel’s Introduction to the System: Encyclopaedia, Phenomenology, and Psychology. Introduction, Translation, and Commentary by Robert E. Wood. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Placing Aesthetics: Studies in the Philosophic Tradition. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.

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

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

Books Translated

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

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


“First Things First: On the Primacy of the Notion of Being,” The Review of Metaphysics 67:4 (June, 2014): 719-41.

“Nature, Culture, and the Dialogical Imperative,” in Person, Being and History: Essays in Honor of Kenneth Schmitz, ed. Michael Baur and Robert E. Wood (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011), 325-39.

“Rationality and Actuality: Hegel and the Prussian Reform Movement” (with Charles Sullivan), Existentia 21:1-2 (2011): 57-78.

“The Catholic Philosopher and Metaphysics,” American Theological Inquiry 3:1 (2010): 76-80.

“Freedom and Rights in Hegel,” Existentia 17:3–4 (2007): 233-46.

“Reflections on Heraclitus,” Existentia 14:3–4 (2004): 177-85.

“Phenomenology of the Mailbox,” Philosophy Today 47:2 (Summer 2003): 147-59.

“Phenomenology and the Perennial Task of Philosophy: A Study of Plato and Aristotle,” Existentia 12:3-4 (2002): 253-63.

 “Monasticism, Eternity, and the Heart: Hegel, Nietzsche, Dostoievski,” Philosophy and Theology 13:2 (2001): 193-211.

 “Individuals, Universals, and Capacity,” Review of Metaphysics 54:3 (March, 2001): 507-28.

“Recovery of the Aesthetic Center” (Presidential Address), Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 69 (1995): 1-25.

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

“Image, Structure and Content: A Remark on a Passage in Plato’s Republic,” The Review of Metaphysics 40:3 (March 1987): 495-514.