Nicholas Wolterstorff

  • Nicholas Wolterstorff received his BA from Calvin College in 1953 and his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University in 1956. Before taking up his current position as Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, he taught for two years at Yale, and then for thirty years at his alma mater, Calvin College.

    After concentrating on metaphysics at the beginning of his career (On Universals), he spent a good many years working primarily on aesthetics and philosophy of art (Works and Worlds of Art, and Art in Action). In more recent years, he has been concentrating on epistemology (John Locke and the Ethics of Belief, and the just published, Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology), on philosophy of religion (Divine Discourse, and, with Alvin Plantinga, Faith and Rationality), and political philosophy (Until Justice and Peace Embrace, and, with Robert Audi, Religion in the Public Square).

    In the fall of 1993 he gave the Wilde Lectures at Oxford University (published as Divine Discourse), and in the spring of 1995 he gave the Gifford Lectures at St Andrews University (part of which is now published as Thomas Reid and the Story of Epistemology). He has been president of the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), and of the Society of Christian Philosophers.

    See Nicholas elsewhere:

    •  Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
    •  Yale University
    •  Check out Nicholas’s books on our Recommended Reading page.

    Featured Videos

    Righteousness or Justice?
    “Put your head to it,” Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff says of understanding the Greek word “dikaios.” The word, translated into English, is either righteousness or justice. Unfortunately, as in Matthew 5:10, the translation is often out of context, and would be better rendered “Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice’s sake (for fighting injustice).” In the New Testament, there appears to be a “spiritualizing at work” where dikaios is concerned.
    The Fine Texture of Justice in Everyday Life
    “Justice pertains to the fine texture of our ordinary existence,” according to Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Author and Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus at Yale University.”You and I, in daily life, wrong people.” He tells the story of an English justice worker who mistreated the people renting her house, despite her passion for international justice. “I just think there’s something profoundly corrupt about that.”


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    Do we have rights with respect to God?
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    Teaching Human Rights at Yale University
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