This past year we witnessed the passing of Alice von Hildebrand, Catholic philosopher and author, and wife of one of the foremost theologians and philosophers of the 20th century, Dietrich von Hildebrand. Array of Hope interviewed Alice in 2019, and in this podcast episode we share portions of that interview as a tribute to this amazing and influential Catholic woman. Alice discusses her concerns about the state of education, the breakdown of the family and the contemporary attacks on the family, and the crucial role that women play in the plan of God. She also shares her view that the key to building a culture of life, as well as strong marriages, is personal holiness.
About Alice von Hildebrand
Alice von Hildebrand was a Belgian-born American Catholic philosopher, theologian, author, and professor. She taught philosophy at Hunter College for 37 years and became an internationally beloved figure through her many books and articles and numerous radio and television appearances.
She is the widow of the famous Catholic philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, whose work she developed and made her own, making important contributions especially to the Catholic understanding of marriage and of femininity.
Despite misogyny and anti-Catholicism at every turn, Alice von Hildebrand was a professor of philosophy for nearly 40 years in New York City. In a climate of relativism, she championed the objectivity of truth. Some students on the verge of despair found a reason for living; many, despite the fact that she never mentioned religion, converted to Catholicism.
Alice von Hildebrand passed into eternal life on January 14, 2022, leaving behind wisdom found in her many books including The Privilege of Being a Woman, Man and Woman: A Divine Invention, and her autobiography Memoirs of a Happy Failure.