Tuesday 8th March, 2011: Professor Kevin Hart FAHA, chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, will make his first visit to Australian Catholic University (ACU) this week since taking up the role of the Eric D’Arcy Chair in Philosophy.
Professor Hart will lead a research team of newly appointed philosophers at ACU who will focus on the philosophy of religion. He will be offering annual public lectures and teaching philosophy part-time at the University.
The author of books in philosophy, theology and literary studies, Professor Hart studied philosophy at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, and was a Wallace Stegnor Fellow at Stanford University.
Eric D'Arcy Chair in Philosophy Professor Kevin Hart FAHA
He taught philosophy and English at the University of Melbourne and European philosophy at the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University, before leaving to work in the United States.
Professor Hart held the Notre Dame Chair of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Notre Dame from 2002-7, and since then has held the Edwin B. Kyle Chair of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.
He also holds courtesy professorships at the University of Virginia, the University of Victoria in Canada, Villanova University, Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium, and Georgetown University in Washington, DC.Professor Hart has been appointed to the Comité Scientifique d’Oeuvres d’Emmanuel Lévinas (Grasset) and the Comité Scientifique de l’Association des Amis de Maurice Blanchot (Paris) and is a member of the Castelli Colloquium in Rome.
ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said the he was delighted to welcome Professor Hart to the University.
“Professor Hart’s appointment, together with the research team of philosophers who work with him, marks a major investment in philosophy at ACU,” he said.
Professor Hart said he was impressed and pleased with ACU’s evident commitment to philosophy, and looked forward to spending the next few North American summers in Australia.
“It is great to see a university investing substantially in the area of philosophy,” he said. “I look forward to helping build a centre of excellence at ACU.”
The Eric D’Arcy Chair in Philosophy is generously supported by the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Eric D’Arcy (1924-2005) was a priest, archbishop and great Australian philosopher, who loved both contemporary analytical philosophy and the Catholic faith.