Piotr Hoffman, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus
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History of philosophy; continental philosophy (especially Descartes, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre).


Professor Hoffman is the author of The Anatomy of Idealism (Kluwer/Martinus Nijhoff, 1982), The Human Self and the Life and Death Struggle (University of Florida Press, 1983), Doubt, Time, and Violence (University of Chicago Press, 1986), Violence in Modern Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 1989), and The Quest for Power: Hobbes, Descartes and the Emergence of Modernity (Humanities Press, 1996). His latest book is Freedom, Equality, Power (Peter Lang, 1999).


  • Phil 101 — Introduction to Philosophy
  • Phil 314 — Survey of Continental European Philosophy
  • Phil 318 — History of Political Philosophy
  • Phil 409/609 — Recent French Philosophy: Sartre
  • Phil 415/615 — Kant
  • Phil 416/616 — Hegel
  • Phil 418/618 — Heiddeger


  • Ph.D., University of Paris, Sorbonne, 1970