Jasper Hopkins

Both by training and by disposition I am an historian of philosophy. During the past 45 years I have focused upon the history of medieval and of Renaissance philosophy, as well as upon ancient philosophy. To this end, I spent seven postdoctoral years researching and teaching in the European cities of Munich, Paris, Graz, Padua, Siena, and Rome.

Other areas in which I continue to work are philosophy of religion, Existentialism, 19th-century German philosophy, hermeneutical theory, and medical ethics. I am one of three co-directors of the Program in Human Rights and Health (http://www.med.umn.edu/phrh) and am an affiliate of the Austrian Center as well as a member of the core faculty of the Religious Studies Program.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • 19th-century German philosophy
  • Ancient and medieval philosophy
  • ethical theory
  • Existentialism
  • hermeneutical theory
  • Nicholas of Cusa
  • philosophy of religion
  • medical ethics
Courses Taught
  • Phil 1102 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • Phil 3305 - Medical Ethics
  • Phil 4104 - 19th-Century Philosophy
  • Phil 4109 - Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chairman, Program in Human Rights and Health: http://www.med.umn.edu/phrh
  • (for complete list of publications see curriculum vitae on Personal Webpage)
  • Complete Philosophical and Theological Treatises of Nicholas of Cusa: Hopkins, Jasper, Banning Press, 2001.
  • Complete Philosophical and Theological Treatises of Anselm of Canterbury: Hopkins, Jasper, and Herbert W. Richardson, Banning Press, 2000.
  • Verstí¤ndnis und Bedeutung des Dreieinen Gottes bei Nikolaus von Kues: Hopkins, Jasper, pp. 135-164 in Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft, 28, (2003).
  • "Anselm of Canterbury": Hopkins, Jasper, pp. 138-151 in Jorge J. E. Gracia and Timothy B. Noone, editors, A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.
  • "Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion (ca 1078): On Thinking of That-than-which-a -Greater-Cannot-Be-Thought": Hopkins, Jasper, pp. 111-118 in Jorge J. E. Gracia and Gregory M. Reichberg, editors, The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader’s Guide. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003.
  • "Nicholas of Cusa,": Hopkins, Jasper, pp. 235-249 in Vol. 2 of Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, editors, The History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Durham, England: Acumen, 2009.
  • "Contrasting Conceptions of Mors Beata: Saint Augustine And Albert Camus,": Hopkins, Jasper, pp. 81-100 in Charles Tandy, editor, Death and Anti-Death, Volume 7: Nine Hundred Years After St. Anselm (1033-1109). Palo Alto, CA: Ria University Press, 2009.
  • National Humanities Center, 1983 - 1984
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1980 - 1981
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1979
  • Bush Sabbatical Fellowship, 1992 - 1993
  • American Council of Learned Societies, 1973 - 1974
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1967 - 1968