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Donald Phillip VereneCharles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy - Emeritus


  • PhD, Washington University, 1964
  • LHD, Knox College, 1990


German Idealism, Italian Humanism, metaphysics, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of literature, with emphasis on the thought of Hegel, Cassirer, and Vico

Fellowships and Honors

  • Visiting Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford University (1988)
  • President of the Hegel Society of America (1992–94)
  • President of the Metaphysical Society of America (2008–9)
  • recipient of the Galileo Prize, Pisa, Italy (1998)
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Lincei, Rome, Italy (2005)

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Vico's Science of Imagination (Cornell, 1992)
    • Hegel's Recollection: A Study of Images in the Phenomenology of Spirit (SUNY, 1985)
    • The New Art of Autobiography: An Essay on the "Life of Giambattista Vico Written by Himself" (Oxford, 1991)
    • Philosophy and the Return to Self-Knowledge (Yale, 1997)
    • The Art of Humane Education (Cornell, 2002)
    • Knowledge of Things Human and Divine: Vico's New Science and Finnegans Wake (Yale, 2003)
    • Hegel's Absolute: An Introduction to Reading the Phenomenology of Spirit (SUNY, 2007)
    • The History of Philosophy: Including a List of 100 Great Philosophical Works from the Pre-Socratics to the Mid-Twentieth Century (Northwestern, 2008)
    • Speculative Philosophy (Lexington, 2009)
    • The Origins of the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms: Kant, Hegel, and Cassirer (Northwestern UP, 2011)
  • Editor of
    • Symbol, Myth, and Culture: Essays and Lectures of Ernst Cassirer 1935-1945 (Yale, 1981)
  • Co-Editor of
    • The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, vol. 4: The Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms (Yale, 1996)
    • Giambattista Vico: Keys to the New Science; Translations, and Commentaries, and Essays (Cornell, 2009)
    • Moral Philosophy and the Modern World (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2013)