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Faculty: David Hoekema

David Hoekema, Professor, Philosophy

Hiemenga Hall 344

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Educational Background

PhD, Princeton University, 1981
BA, Philosophy, Calvin College, 1972


  • Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (153)
  • Introduction to Logic (171)
  • Law, Politics, and Legal Practice (202)
  • Justice and the Common Good: Studies in Political Philosophy (207)
  • Philosophy of the Arts and Culture (208)
  • African Thought and Culture (226)
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy (335)
  • Development Ethics in West Africa (STGH 230) Fall 2014 Director of Semester in Ghana

Research Interests

Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, African Philosophy, History of Philosophy


Picking Up Pieces and Making Peace: The Role of Churches in the Northern Uganda Conflict. (Manuscript in preparation based on research conducted in Uganda in 2012 and 2014)

Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of the Christian Scholar's Review, edited with Don King, Perry Glanzer, Todd C. Ream, and Todd P. Steen (Abilene Christian University Press, 2012).



Christianity and Culture in the Crossfire, (William B. Eerdmans, 1997). Co-edited with Bobby Fong.




Campus Life and Moral Community: In Place of In Loco Parentis(Rowman and Littlefield, 1994).




Handbook for Administrators of Learned Societies (published privately by American Council of Learned Societies, New York, 1990).

Rights and Wrongs: Coercion, Punishment, and the State(Susquehanna University Press, 1986).




Recent Publications/Presentations

"African Politics and Moral Vision," Soundings 96:3 (spring 2013), pp. 121-144 .

"What is Freedom For? Rhetoric and Reality at Christian Colleges" in Samuel Joeckel and Thomas Chesnes, ed., The Christian College Phenomenon: Inside America's Fastest Growing Institutions of Higher Education (Abilene Christian University Press, 2011)

"Faith and Freedom in Post-Colonial African Politics," in Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa, ed. Mwenda Ntarangwi (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011), 26-45.

"Is There an Ethicist in the House? How Can We Tell?" in Peter Euben and Elizabeth Kiss, ed., Debating Moral Education (Duke University Press, 2010), 249-267.

"African Personhood: Morality and identity in the 'Bush of Ghosts.'" Soundings 91:3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008).

"There Are No Just Wars: David Rodin and Oliver O'Donnovan's Divergent Critiques of a Tradition," Ars Disputandi vol 8 (2008).

"Civil Society, Religion and Political Liberalism: A Comparison of the United States, Russia, and Ghana,” in Peter Blokhuis, ed., Civil Society East and West (Dordt College Press, 2006).

"African Politics and Moral Vision," invited lecture at University of Nairobi, Philosophy Department lecture series, April 28, 2010.

"Issues of Morality and Identity in Amos Tutuola's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," invited lecture for Michigan State University philosophy speaker series, Apri 2008.

Additional information

Prof. Hoekema often directs Calvin's semester in Ghana off-campus study program.