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I don’t know how many people here know of Alice von Hildebrand. She’s probably better known as the wife of the more famous 20th-century philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, but she was a philosopher in her own right. She taught at Hunter College in New York City where, in an age of relativism and deconstructionism, insisted on the philosophic principle that objective truth existed. She passed away Friday. This is a fine article from Aleteia, “Alice von Hildebrand, Catholic philosopher and critic of moral relativism, dies at 98.” Here is how they describe her relationship within the left-wing academy:
She found it difficult to get a teaching position, even at Catholic colleges, which told her at the time that they did not hire women to teach philosophy. Finally hired at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, she became the first woman to teach philosophy there. She also found herself in a secular world for the first time. Her dedication to objective truth raised the hackles of professors who were materialistic, liberal and communist, she said.