George J. Seidel

St. Martin's University

5300 Pacific Avenue SE

Lacey WA 98503-1297

tel. 360-491-4700; fax: 360-459-4124; Email:


EDUCATION: Ph.D. University of Toronto (1962)

            Major Field: Modern Philosophy 

                        Descartes and the Cartesians (McRae)

                        Fichte, Schelling and Hegel (Fackenheim)

                        Epistemology and Metaphysics (Anderson)

                        Kant's First Critique (Goudge)

            Minor: German Romanticism (Boesenstein)

                        Dissertation: "Martin Heidegger's Interpretation of the Pre-                                                          Socratics" (Director: Lynch)      

University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (1961-1962)

            Schelling: Grundbegriffe der Phil. des deutschen Idealismus (Struve)                                           Philosophische Übung: Leibniz' Monadologie (Fink)

            Heidegger: Sein und Zeit (Erhardt)

            Wahrheit und Geschichtlichkeit (Welte)

                        Adviser: Prof. Werner Brock

M. A. University of Toronto (1960)

            Greek Background of Mediaeval Philosophy (Owens)

            Theory of Knowledge (Dewart)

            Existentialism (Lynch)

            Thesis: "Heidegger's Interpretation of Parmenides' Fragment Three" (Director: Lynch)

Collegio Sant' Anselmo (Rome), 1955-1958

            Studia Theologica (cursus minor)   

            Lectio Philosophica: Physica VIII Aristotelis (Müller)

            Apparentia et Realitas (Buki)

B. A. St. Martin's College (1955)

            Majors: Philosophy and Music

ACADEMIC HONORS: Fulbright Fellowship to the Federal Republic of Germany (1961-1962); Organization of American States Fellowship: Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1965);

FURTHER STUDY: Institute catholique, Paris (1980-1981): Hinduism and Buddhism; Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Winter Semester 1993-1994, 2000-2001.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Department of Philosophy, St. Martin's College, Lacey WA, 1962- .  Board of Trustees: 1965-1968, 1971-1974, 198l-1990, 2003-.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: American Philosophical Association; North America Fichte Society; Northwest Conference on Philosophy (President, 1971)

COURSES TAUGHT: Metaphysics (1962- ), Introduction to Philosophy (Greek), each semester, Philosophy of Nature and Science (1963- ), Contemporary Philosophy (Continental, 1964- ), Theory of Knowledge (1966 etc.), Philosophy of Religion (1969, 1971, 1973), Social Philosophy (Hegel/Marx, 1975- ), Philosophy of Self (1973- ), Nineteenth Century Religious Thought Patterns (1978), Ethics (1979, 1986), Philosophy of Education (summer, 1982).






Martin Heidegger and the Pre-Socratics: An Introduction to his Thought,

 University of Nebraska Press, 1964.

The Crisis of Creativity, University of Notre Dame Press, 1966.

A Contemporary Approach to Classical Metaphysics, New York:   

            Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1969.

Being, Nothing and God: A Philosophy of Appearance, Assen: VanGorcum, 1970.

Activity and Ground: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, Hildesheim: Olms, 1976.

Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre of 1794: A Commentary on Part I, Purdue University Press, 1993.

Angels, New York: Peter Lang, 1995.

Knowledge as Sexual Metaphor, Selingsgrove PA: Susquehanna Univ. Press, 2000.

Toward a Hermeneutics of Spirit, Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 2000.



"The Theme of Man in the Argentine," International Philosophical Quarterly, 7 (1967) 118-128.

"Constitution in Mikel Dufrenne," The Modern Schoolman, 47 (1970) 169-175.

"Heidegger: Philosopher for Ecologists?" Man and World, 4 (1971) 93-99.

"Hegel on Ground," Idealistic Studies, 1 (1971) 219-226.

"Creativity in the Aesthetics of Schelling," Idealistic Studies, 4 (1974) 170-180.

"Heidegger on Schelling," Studi internazionali di Filosofia, 6 (1975) 170-173.

"Feuerbach's Anti-Humanism," American Benedictine Review, 26 (1975) 254-263.

"The Sin of Angelicism Revisited," The Thomist, 44 (1980) 441-449.

"Contrasting Meditation Techniques: Buddhist and Hindu," American Benedictine Review, 35 (1984) 331-348.

"Anaxagoras and Hal," Philosophy Today, 29 (1985) 319-325.

"Journey Beyond Caste, Ashramas and Reincarnation," Journal of Dharma, 11 (1986) 76-82.

"Prolegomena to the Study of Religion," Journal of Dharma, 12 (1987) 108-126.

"Hermeneutics and Prayer," Proc. Am. Cath. Phil. Assn., 62 (1988) 189-201.

"Chaos in Plotinus," Revue de Philosophie ancienne, 10 (1992) 211-220.

"Minded Body/Embodied Mind," Man and World, 27 (1994) 399-413.

"A Key to Heidegger's Beiträge," Gregorianum, 76, 2 (1995) 363-372.

"The Atheism Controversy of 1799 and the Christology of Fichte's Anweisung zum seligen Leben of 1806," New Perspectives on Fichte, New York: Humanities Press, 1995, pp. 143-151.

"Buddhism as Radical Religion," Darshana International, 35 (1995) 1-12; also in American Benedictine Review, 49 (1998) 148-164.

"Fichte and German Idealism: The Heideggerian Reading," Idealistic Studies, 28 (1998) 63-69.

"Heidegger's Last God and the Schelling Connection," Laval Théologique et Philosophique, 55 (1999) 85-98.

"The Fate of Innate Ideas in Fichte," Idealistic Studies, 30 (2000) 79-90.

"Hegel's Early Reaction to the Wissenschaftslehre: The Case of the Misplaced Adjective," New Essays on Fichte's Foundation of the Entire Wissenschaftslehre, T. Rockmore and D. Breazeale, eds., Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2001, pp. 243-253.

“Musing with Kierkegaard: Heidegger’s Besinnung,” Continental Philosophy Review, 34 (2001) 403-418.

“The Last Heidegger,” Idealistic Studies, 32 (2002) 63-71.

"The Objective Apriori in the Aesthetics of Mikel Dufrenne," Festschrift für Prof. Dr. P. Ansgar Paus, Salzburg: Pustet, 2005.

"Romanticism and Kant's Third Critique," Idealistic Studies, to appear January, 2006.