Life:

1904, May 4

Born in Elte, district Steinfurt (Westphalia/Germany)

 

1912, in the fall

Pieper moves to Münster (Westphalia) owing to his father's transfer, who later becomes principal of the Sankt-Josefs-Schule there

 

1919

Joins the Catholic youth group Quickborn 

 

1923

Graduation from Gymnasium Paulinum in Münster 

 

1923, May – October

Trips to Denmark, Sweden and Iceland

 

1923-1928

Studies at the universities of Münster and Berlin (1926/27): philosophy, law, sociology 

 

1928, February

Pieper receives a PhD in Münster 

 

1928-1932

Assistant of Prof. Dr. Johann Plenge at the "Forschunginstitut für Organisationslehre und Soziologie" at the University of Münster 

 

1932-1940

Freelance literary work; since 1933 executive employee at the "Institut für neuzeitliche Volksbildungsarbeit" (Dortmund)

 

1935, April 23

Pieper marries Hildegard Münster; they move to Dortmund

 

1936, June 21

Birth of his son Thomas

 

1938, May 4

Birth of his daughter Monika

 

1938, September 1

Pieper moves to Münster; he continues doing freelance work at the institute in Dortmund

 

1940, February 1

Conscription call (to the psychology section of the army)

 

1942, March 10

Birth of his son Michael

 

1942, December 15

Pieper leaves the army (closing of the section that examines the soldiers' aptitude)

 

1943, January

Academic helper at the central welfare office of Westphalia; Pieper examines the aptitude of soldiers with severe battlefield injuries

 

1944, October

Second conscription call (air force)

 

1945, March

Transfer to the military hospital Bigge (Ruhr) in order to examine the patients' aptitude 

 

1945, April - July

War captivity; return to his work at the central welfare office of Westphalia

 

1945, October

Beginning of Pieper's habilitation procedure at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Münster

 

1946, February 1

Appointment as lecturer of philosophy at the Pedagogical Academy of Essen; appointment as tenured professor on July 29, 1946

 

1946, July 5

Inaugural lecture at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Münster; venia legendi as private lecturer

 

1949, in the spring

Trip to England (at the invitation of the British Council; encounter with T.S. Eliot)

 

1949, in the spring

Appointment to the "Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung" (Darmstadt)

 

1950, March 8

Appointment as professor extraordinarius at the University of Münster

 

1950, July

Pieper is offered a professorship at the American University of Notre Dame, Indiana (rejected)

 

1954

Pieper is offered a professorship at the University of Mainz (rejected)

 

1954, January 15

Appointment to the Rhenish-Westphalian "Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Forschung" (today: "Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften")

 

1954, March 31

Associate member (membre associé) of the Société Philosophique de Louvain

 

1958

Pieper is offered a professorship at the University of Munich (rejected)

 

1959, May

Appointment as full professor for philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster; Pieper continues his part-time job at the Pedagogical Academy of Essen

 

1962, September – December

Lecturing tour through India and Ceylon (today: Sri Lanka)

 

1962, September 27

Honorary Fellow of the State Sanskrit College, Calcutta

 

1963, September – November

Lecturing tour through East Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand)

 

1964, July 25

Sudden death of his son Thomas in the USA

 

1972, September

Emeritus status; Pieper continues lecturing regularly at the University of Münster

 

1980, May 19

Appointment to the Pontificia Academica Romana di S. Tommaso D’ Aquino, Rome

 

1984, June 25

Death of his wife Hildegard, née Münster

 

1986, May

Appointment to the senate of the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein

 

1991

Foundation of the "Josef Pieper Stiftung" in Münster for the support of science and education

 

1994, May 12-14

Academic symposium on the occasion of Pieper's 90th birthday at the city hall of Münster

 

1995, May 4

Beginning of the appearance of Pieper's complete works in the form of volume 3, Schriften zum Philosophiebegriff

 

1996, summer term

Last lecture at the University of Münster ("What does believing mean?")

 

1997, November 6

Josef Pieper dies in his house in Münster

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Josef Pieper (1904-1997) was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of Münster/Germany; he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities. [more...]

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