Professor Burt C. Hopkins, Chair of the Philosophy Department, was awarded the prestigious 2011 Ballard Book Prize in Phenomenology for his book The Philosophy of Husserl (Acumen, 2010). The award is given annually by the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology.
In announcing the award, the center noted that the book “is an ambitious, concentrated philosophical work that demands a reciprocal concentration on the part of its readers—a work that is worthy of recognition as the winner of the Ballard Prize.”
In his book, Hopkins traces the development of philosophical thought of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology. He examines the movement of Husserl’s thought from its earliest investigations of the philosophy of mathematics to those on the crisis of European sciences. Husserl's teaching and writing influenced many 20th century philosophers, including Edith Stein, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Pope John Paul II was also influenced by Husserl's philosophy.
Hopkins received his Ph.D. from DePaul University and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in In1989.The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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