John Hymers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


  • B.A. University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • M.A. Catholic University of Louvain (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)
  • Ph.D. Catholic University of Louvain (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)

Specialized Interests

Modern and contemporary continental philosophy (especially ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion)


Johann August Eberhard’s Preparation for a Natural Theology. With Kant’s Notes and the Danzig Rational Theology Transcripts. Translated and edited, with Courtney Fugate. Bloomsbury/Continuum: Forthcoming (2015). 276 pp.

Alexander Baumgarten’s Metaphysics. A Critical Translation with Kant’s Elucidations, Selected Notes and Related Materials. Translated and edited, with Courtney Fugate. Bloomsbury/Continuum: May 2013 (Hardback). March 2014 (Paperback). 460 pp.

Selected Articles, Proceedings, and Book Chapters

“The use and abuse of logomachia. Chapter fourteen of the German Logic and Alexander Baumgarten’s use of apagogic demonstration. ” Christian Wolff’s Gesammelte Werke. Series 3. Hildesheim: Georg Olms. Forthcoming (2015).

“Our Daily Bread: Ludwig Feuerbach, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Food.” Proceedings Metaphysics 2012 – 5th World Conference. Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca, Rome. Forthcoming.

“Food as Art: Poiesis and the Importance of Soft Impacts.” Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Ed. Thomas Potthast and Simon Meisch. Wageningen: 2012. 295-300.

“Towards a Metaxological Ethics of Architecture.” Between System and Poetics: William Desmond and Philosophy After Dialectic. Ed. Thomas Kelly. Ashgate: 2007.

“Verteidigung von Feuerbachs Moleschott Rezeption: Feuerbachs offene Dialektik.” Identitaet und Pluralismus in der globalen Gesellschaft. Ludwig Feuerbach zum 200. Geburtstag. Trans. F. Eickholt. Ed. U. Reitemeyer, T. Shibata, and F. Tomasoni. Waxmann Verlag: Muenster / New York, 2006.

“Regrounding the Just War’s ‘Presumption against violence’ in Light of George Weigel.” Ethical Perspectives 11 (2004) 2/3: 111-121.

“Not A Modest Proposal: Peter Singer and the Definition of Person.” Ethical Perspectives 6 (1999) 2: 126-138.

Recent Presentations

“Much ado about nothing: Kant’s fourfold table of nothing in the First Critique.” Leuven Kant Conference. HIW, KU Leuven (Belgium). May 28, 2015.

“The human zoo: Peter Sloterdijk’s antihumanism, or modest proposal?” ISRLC Conference. Theology Faculty, KU Leuven (Belgium). Sept. 20, 2014.

“Against logomachia. Alexander Baumgarten’s use of apagogic demonstration.” 300 Years of Wolff’s German Logic. HIW, KU Leuven (Belgium). November, 2013.

“Our daily bread: Towards a Metaphysics of Food as Fittingness.” Fifth World Congress of Metaphysics. Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca. ARSO Conference Center, Rome (Italy). Nov. 8-11, 2012.

“Food as Art: Poiesis and the Importance of Soft Impacts.” 10th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany). June 1, 2012.

“From Leibniz to Kant: Feuerbach’s Anthropological Appropriation of the Ontological Argument.” Religion and Enlightenment: The Young-Hegelian Perspective.  Centre for Philosophy of Culture of the University of Antwerp in collaboration with the Max Stirner Gesellschaft. Antwerp (Belgium). May 12, 2010.

“An Inverted Ontological Argument: Feuerbach’s Hegelian Radicalization of the Cogito.” ISRLC Conference. Theology Faculty, University of Oxford (UK). Sept. 25, 2010.

“The Nature of Our Daily Bread: An Ontology of Food.” Philosophy Spring Lecture Series, La Salle University, March 18, 2009.

“The Ethos of Eating: The Dinner Table and Feuerbach’s Social Ontology.” International Symposium of the Feuerbach Society: Identity and Pluralism in the Global Society (For Ludwig Feuerbach’s 200th anniversary). Berlin (Germany). October 2004.