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Jennifer Hockenbery

Jennifer HockenberyJennifer Hockenbery
Professor of Philosophy

Phone:  (414) 258-4810, ext. 407
Office: 3 Notre Dame Hall E


  •     Boston University, Ph.D Philosophy
  •     Boston University, M.A. Philosophy
  •     Bowdoin College, A.B. Philosophy and Classics

"I feel blessed to be at an institution where I can teach a wide variety of philosophical subjects from the Ancients to the Post-moderns constantly stretching my own thinking and understanding.   I am especially lucky to teach a bright and interesting diverse group of women in small classes at a faith-based university that believes that philosophy is a core part of educating the whole person."

Areas of Interest: Ancient Philosophy, Late-Antique and Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science, Ethics and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Gender.  

Research:  Faith and Reason in Augustine and Luther, especially in the writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche among others.


"What does Athens have to do with America: Reclaiming hope in public discourse"  Keynote address for the Conference for Interfaith Studies at Northeastern University of Illinois.  October, 2013.  

"Soren Kierkegaard: Poet, Philosopher, Man of Faith" Keynote address for the Kierkegaard Celebration at St. Ansgaard's Lutheran Church, Portland, ME. May, 2013

"All in God's Good Time: Luther and Augustine on Genesis 1 and 2" Martin Luther and Global Lutheranism Group at  The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  November 2012.

"Thinking Woman: Philosophy of Gender in Western Philosophy" Lutheran Women in Theology and Religious Studies Annual Meeting. November, 2012.

"A Post Modern Luther?" and "All in God's Good Time: Luther and Augustine on Genesis 1 and 2"  at the World Luther Congress in Helsinki Finland.  August, 2012.
The Lutheran Vocation of a Philosopher. Faith and Learning Speaker Series. Roanoke College.  March 15, 2012

"Illuminating Scripture: Hildegard of Bingen’s Epistemology."  Women’s History Month Speaker.  Roanoke College.  March 16, 2012.  

"The Devil’s Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition" Religion and Philosophy Colloquium. Roanoke College. March 16. 2012
Better a Smark Turk than a Dumb Christian: Luther and the secularization of political philosophy  Political Science Colloquium.  Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN.  Feb. 10, 2012


"The Devil’s Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition." Ed. Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth. (Fortress Press:  2011)

"Augustine: ‘Confessions’.  in Christian Spirituality: The Classics."  Ed.  Arthur Holder.  (Routledge: 2009).

"The He, She, and It of God:  Translating Saint Augustine’s Gendered  Latin God-Talk into English in Augustinian Studies"  (December, 2005)  

"Kierkegaard on Beauty, Morality, and Faith  and Kierkegaard as Poet, Aesthete, and Seducer." Lutheran Forum (Fall, 2013) Vol.47, No.3.

"The Vocation of Philosophy in Kierkegaard." In Lutheran Forum (Spring, 2012) Vol. 46, No. 2.

"A Philosophical Meditation for Ash Wednesday. In Currents in Theology and Mission." (February, 2009) Vol. 36. No. 1

"Margaret Miles and the Platonists’ Daughter: A philosophical review of Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter."  In Pastoral Psychology. (Spring, 2013).

"A Discussion of Procreative Ethics: Philosophical and Christian Approaches  Questions at the Beginning of Life" In Journal of Lutheran Ethics  (Nov., 2012).

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Steering Committee for Martin Luther and Global Lutheranism Group of the American Academy of Religion
  • Lutheran Women in Theology and Religious Studies

Special Projects

  • Mini-Grant for travel to World Luther Congress in Helsinki Finland, August 2012.
  • Current research project: The philosophical implications of Luther's exegesis of Genesis, 2013.
  • Current research project: Examining several theories of gender put in philosophical conversation with each other, 2013.