Curriculum vitae


Jeremiah L. Alberg

International Christian University

Department of Philosophy and Religion

3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi

Tokyo 181-8585 JAPAN



04/12-                 Director of the Institute for Christianity and Culture

04/11-                 Associate Dean of College of Arts and Letters (in charge of Learning)

04/09-Professor of Philosophy and Religion, ICU

09/09-03/12        Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, International Christian University (ICU)

05/08-05/09Associate Professor of Philosophy (Tenured), University of West Georgia (UWG)

07/07-05/08Chair (Interim) of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of Philosophy (Tenured), UWG

08/04-06/07 Associate Professor, Director of Philosophy Program, UWG

09/03 –05/04 Assistant Professor (limited term) Gonzaga University, WA

09/01 – 07/03Bannan Fellow, Santa Clara University, CA

04/99 – 05/02Associate Professor of Philosophy with tenure, Philosophy Dept. Sophia University, Tokyo

04/94 – 03/99Full-time instructor of Philosophy with tenure, Philosophy Dept., Sophia University, Tokyo

04/98 – 05/02Guest lecturer, Philosophy, Catholic Seminary in Tokyo

01/81 -12/81Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, St. Louis University


10/88-07/93Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität zu München

Ph.D., magna cum laude

Major: Philosophy

Minor: Theology, Japanese Studies

04/88-9/89Deutsche Sprachkurs beim Universität München, University language exam for admittance to doctoral Program

04/84-03/88 Sophia University, Tokyo,

M.A., Theology, Faculty of Theology

B.A., Theology, Faculty of Theology

04/83-03/84Japanese Language Program, Sophia University, Tokyo, University language exam for admittance

08/77-01/82 St. Louis University, Missouri

M.A., Philosophy, Philosophy Graduate Dept.,

B.A., magna cum laude, School of Philosophy and Letters

AREAS of SPECIALIZATION: history of modern philosophy especially Rousseau, Kant, and German idealism, the Kyoto School (Nishida, Tanabe and Nishitani), the relationship of philosophy and theology in German Idealism, violence and religion

AREAS of COMPETENCE: ethics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of culture, the problem of evil, East and West comparative thought, history of medieval philosophy, the thought of René Girard

PUBLICATONS: Original research and translations

. Book

                  “Beneath the Veil of the Strange Verses: Reading Scandalous Texts (East Lansing: 2013)

                   A Reinterpretation of Rousseau: A Religious System (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Die verlorene Einheit: Die Suche nach einer philosophischen Alternative zu der Erbsündenlehre von Rousseau bis Schelling, (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang,1996)

. Contribution to Books

“Preventing Fanaticism through Transcendental Violence: The Second Half of the ‘Profession of Faith,” in: Rousseau and L’Infame, ed. John T. Scott and Ourida Mostefai, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008) pp. 187-202.

“The Overcoming of Violence in Christianity and Buddhism” in: Menschenrechte, Kulturen und Gewalt: Ansaetze einer interkulturellen Ethic [Human Rights, Cultures, and Violence: Contributions to an intercultural Ethics], Hsg. Ludger Kuehnhardt / Mamoru Takayama, (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2005) pp. 437-448 und “Commentary” pp. 467-469.

“A Scandal to the West, a Folly to the East” in: Zukünftiges Menschsein: Ethik zwischen Ost und West, Hrsg., Ralf Elm / Mamoru Takayama, (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2003), pp. 399-422

“Openness to Mystery : Nakae Chomin’s A Year and a Half – Continued” in: Wandel zwischen den Welten: Festschrift für Johannes Laube [Passage between the Worlds: Festschrift for Johannes Laube], Hg. Hannelore Eisenhofer-Halim (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2003), pp. 17-32.

“In Silence Witness”, Sin and Grace: Humans Standing before God, (Tokyo: San Paulo Publishers, 1996), pp. 268-292 (Japanese)

. Articles

「ルソーのスキャンダル」[“Rousseau’s Scandal”]哲学 Vol. 63, 2012.

“Religioeses Leben in der Gegenwart” [Spiritual Life in the Present] in Zusammenleben der Religionen: Eine interreligiös-interkulturelle Aufgabe der globalisierten Welt [Religions Living Together: An Interreligious and Intercultural Task for a Globalized World], Symposium aus der Reihe “Der Osten – Der Westen, (Berlin: Japanisch-Deutschen Zentrum, 2005) pp. 35-43.

“The Place of the Victim”, Victims and Victimization in French and Francophone Literature, French Literature Series Vol XXXII, 2005, pp. 111-118.

“The Scandal of Origins in Rousseau”, Contagion : Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Vol 11, Spring 2004, pp. 1-14.

“Rousseau and Original Sin”, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Tomo LVII-4-2002, pp. 773-790.

“Listening to Nietzsche”, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Tomo LVII -1-2001, pp. 61-71.

“Rousseau’s First Discourse and Scandal”, International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XLI, No. 1, Issue No. 161,(March 2001), pp. 49-62.


“Das Absolute in Schellings Philosophie und Religion”, Fichte-Studien, Bd. 6, (November, 1999) (Japanese)

“The Dialectical ‘IST’”, Schelling-Jahrbuch, 6.Jahrgang, Bd. 6, pp. 65-74 (July, 1998). (Japanese)

Entry – “Natural Theology”, in: A Kant Dictionary, (Tokyo: Kobunsho, 1997), pp. 206-207, (1997), (Japanese)

Entry – “The Lectures on Rational Theology” in: A Kant Dictionary, (Tokyo: Kobunsho, 1997) pp. 574-576, (1997), (Japanese)

“Das Gehen aus der Natürlichkeit”, Studien zu Hegels Philosophie, Bd. 3, 1997, pp. 39-50 (Japanese)

“Fragment et Force – Considérations sur le Contrat Social de J.-J. Rousseau”, Philosophical Studies, No. 23, 1997, pp. 37-52 (Japanese)

“Rousseau’s View of Original Sin”, Catholic Studies, No. 64. 1996, pp. 35-60 (Japanese)

“An Echo of a Thought in Sight – Some Considerations on Wittgentstein´s Philosophical Investigations”, Philosophical Studies, No. 21, 1977, pp. 57-71 (Japanese).

“The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism According to Nishitani”, The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies, No.12, March 1995, pp. 11-21

“Alfred Delp: Jesuit”, The Month, Vol. CCLII, No. 1483, July 1991, pp. 289-306

“Seeking the Word”, Religion and Intellectual Life, Vol. VI, No. 1, Fall 1988, pp. 25-29.

“Fundamental Theology – A Transcendental-Pragmatic Approach”, Catholic Studies, No. 53, July 1988, pp. 133-153 (Japanese)

“Simon, I Have Something to Say to You”, Review for Religious, Vol. 46, No. 5. Fall, 1987, pp. 759-770.

. Translations

Robert Spaemann, Happiness and Benevolence (South Bend: Univ of ND Press, 2000) 

Naoshi Yamawaki, in Gino Piovesana, Recent Japanese Philosophical Thought 1862-1996: A Survey, with a new survey (1963-1996), (Richmond UK: Japan Library, 1997), pp. 271-288

Robert Spaemann, “On the Concept of Life” in: Zen Buddhism Today, No. 7., Oct.,1989, pp. 77-83

. Book Reviews

            Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory. By Randall Collins (Princeton, NJ: PrincetonUniversity Press, 2008) in THE EUROPEAN LEGACY: Toward New Paradigms, Volume 16, Number 5

                Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und –theologie. By Ulrich L. Lehner Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2007) in THE EUROPEAN LEGACY: Toward New Paradigms, Volume 15, Number 5

Die Gnade vollendeter Endlichkeit: Zur transzendentaltheologischen Auslegung der thomanischen Anthropologie by Richard Schenk, O.P., (Freiburg: Herder, 1989) in The Thomist, 57, 2, April, 1993, pp. 321-323

Personen: Versuche über den Unterschied zwischen ‚etwas’ und ‚jemand’ by Robert Spaemann, (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1996) in Catholic Studies, No. 66, 1997, pp. 217-228

Presentations and Papers

05/ 12        「ルソーのスキャンダル」presented at 日本哲学会、Osaka, May 18.

06/11        “Grace Can Be Violent: Flannery O’Connor and The Violent Bear It Away” presented at Disorder/Order in History and Politics, COV&R Conference, Salina, on June 15.

04/11        “Why Rousseau Cannot Laugh” presented at Girard and Other Religions, Berkeley, April 13.

01/11        “Scandal in Flannery O’Connor” presented at the Australian Girard Society, Sydney, January 15.

12/10        “Violence and Grace in Flannery O’Connor” presented at the Japan Girard Association, ICU, December 15.

06/10        “Language as Scandal” presented at the “Transformations of Violence” Conference of the Colloquium on                                    Violence and Religion, Notre Dame University, June 30-July 4, 2010

07/08“Scandal as a Hermeneutic Tool” presented at the Language and the Scientific Imagination Conference, being the 11th International Conference of International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Helsinki, Finland, July 28 – August 1 2008

06/08“The Mediation of Language in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away” presented at the Catastrophe and Conversion: Political Thinking for the New Millennium Conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Riverside, CA, June 23-28, 2008

07/07“My Trip Through Hell or Forgiving Rousseau” presented at the Vulnerability and Tolerance Conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Amsterdam, Holland, July 4-8, 2007

10/06“The Supplement is a Sort of Scandal” presented at the “Following Derrida: Legacies” Conference, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, October 4-7, 2006

05/06“For the Letter Kills, but the Spirit Gives Life” presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, May 31 – June 4, 2006

06/05 “’Unperturbed, Like God Himself’” presented at the XIVth Biennial Colloquium of the Rousseau Association, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, June 9-12, 2005

06/05“The Scandal of the Good Samaritan Story: Solidarity with the Victim” presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the College Theology Society, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, June 2-5, 2005

03/05“The Scandal of Origins” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Las Vegas, NM, March 30-April 2 2005.

09/04 “Religiöses Leben in der Gegenwart” presented at the 10th Symposium of the Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum, Berlin, September 20-21 2004.

06/04“Aesthetic Solutions to Philosophical Problems: Rousseau’s Theory of Musical Imitation”, presented at the Music and Language Conference, the University of Aberdeen, June 21-22 2004.

06/04“Rousseau’s State of Nature and the Scandal of Scripture” for the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, held at the Ghost Spirit Ranch, NM, June 2-5, 2004.

03/04“Let us Therefore Begin by Setting All the Facts Aside: The ‘Exordium’ of the Discourse on Inequality”, for Society of Eighteen Century Studies, held in Boston, MA.

06/03“Preventing Fanaticism through Transcendental Violence: The Second Half of the “Profession of Faith” for the Rousseau Association, held at Oxford, UK

05/02“Is the Omission of Sin a Sin” for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, CA

05/02“The Girardian Recovery of Rousseau” for the Dominican School of Theology, Berkeley, CA

05/00“Rousseau and Scandal: The Discourse on Arts and Sciences and its Controversy”, Research Presentation for the annual meeting of the Philosophical Association of Japan, Kyoto

11/98“Das Auffassen des Absoluten in Schellings Philosophie und Religion und dessen Probleme“; ein Symposium über „Das Absolute bei Fichte, Schelling und Hegel”, beim 14. Tagung der Japanischen Fichte-Gesellschaft, Tokyo (Japanese)

07/97“The Dialectical ‚IST’”, Research Presentation for the annual meeting of the Schelling-Gesellschaft Japan, Kyoto (Japanese)

10/96“Leaving Nature: Hegel’s Theory of Original Sin”, Research Presentation for the 30th meeting of the Hegel-Forschungskreis, Tokyo (Japanese)

10/95“Listening to Nietzsche: A Theory of Tragedy That Effects That of which It Speaks”, Research Presentation for the Philosophical Association of Sophia University, June, 1995

08/93“Martyrium Jesuitae”, beim Kongress Heilige Sehnsucht Das geweihte Leben in der Ökumene, Hildesheim (German)

Works in Progress

Administrative Accomplishments


Authored the proposal and received approval to institute three tracks (Philosophy, Pre-Law, and Religion) within the Philosophy Program at UWG

Raised the number of majors from twenty-two to fifty-one in two years (2004-06) at UWG

Led the Search Committees for a new tenure-track position. This search lead to the hiring of a full-time instructor for one year.

Led faculty meetings (prepared agenda, led discussions, formalized decisions)

Wrote faculty evaluations including recommendations for merit raises

Oversaw the move of the Philosophy Program into the TLC Building along with its closer integration into the English/Philosophy Department


Led the Search Committee for a new tenure-track position. This lead to the hiring of a new tenure-track assistant professor

Hired a replacement instructor due to the sudden illness of a faculty member

Standardized the pre-requisites for Philosophy courses

Authored budget proposals

Wrote faculty evaluations including recommendations for merit raises

Revised the pamphlet for the Philosophy Program


Graduate seminars:

Hegel’s Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences (4 semesters)

A Preparation for reading Hegel’s Faith and Knowledge: Kant’s Critique of Judgment, Jacobi und der Atheismusstreit, Fichte’s Bestimmung der Menscheit,

Reading Hegel’s Faith and Knowledge

Undergraduate courses:


Introduction to Philosophy ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12

Religion in Japan ’10

Introduction to Christianity ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12

Advanced Study in Philosophy I & II

     (The “Transcendental Aesthetic in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason)

    (Girard’s Things Hidden Since the Foundation of  the World)

    (Girard’s Violence and the Sacred)

    (Kant’s Transcendental Deduction in the KrV)

Philosophy of Religion

Problems of Philosophy I

    (Rousseau – the Two Discourses ’09, ’11)

    (Rousseau- Emile ’10)

A the University of West Georgia

Critical Thinking

Introduction to Philosophy

History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

History of Modern Philosophy

Political Philosophy

Asian Philosophy

At Sophia University

The overcoming of violence in Christianity and Buddhism

Nietzsche’s Theory of Evil (2 semesters)

Philosophical Anthropology

History of Contemporary Philosophy

Charles Taylor’s texts (translation course)

Sophomore Seminar: Writing Philosophical Papers; texts included Rousseau’s Discourses, Hegel’s Phenomenology, and Schelling’s Method for Studies

Faith and Reason



               2011-2012            Main organizer of annual conference of Colloquium and Violence and Religion, held on Campus of ICU from June 5th -8th.

2002 – 2005Jury member for the Straniak Philosophy Prize 2004, Zurich, Switzerland

2001 – presentPermanent Senior Fellow of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) Rheineische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany

1996 – 2002International assistant editor for International Philosophical Quarterly, Fordham University, New York.

1994 – 2001 Member of the editorial board of Catholic Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan


University System of Georgia

10/07-03/08Core Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee [A subcommittee for Steering Committee of the Core Curriculum Initiative]

07/07-05/08Board of Regents Academic Advisory Committee on Foreign Languages

08/04-06/07Board of Regents Academic Advisory Committee on Philosophy

University Level


  At present                  Commitee to review ICU International Academic Exchange Endowment grants and grants from the        

ICUEndowment to Support Research

                                    Admissions (Review of Documents)

                                    Committee on Education Dormitories

                                    Ad Hoc Committee on Student Academic Prizes

                                    Student Retreat Planning Committee

                                        (Student Retreat Planning Subcommittee for Program)

                                    ACUCA E-Learning Project

                                    Committee for Planning Global Leadership Symposium (Organization)

            09/09-03/12Curriculum Committee

            04/10-03/11    Scholarship Commitee


08/07-05/08Committee on Graduate Studies

Teaching Education Advisory Council

Chairs’ Council

07/07-05/08Executive Committee, College of Arts and Science

10/06-05/08 Minority Affairs Advisory Committee

06/05-12/05Graduation Taskforce

2005 Committee on Graduation and Retention

College Level

08/05–05/07 Coordinator – Pre-Law Learning community

At Sophia University

1997-2000Committee for Study Abroad Program

1994-2000Library Acquisitions for Philosophy Department

1994-1997Director of Orientation Camp for Freshmen in the Philosophy Dept.


The American Philosophical Association

The Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R)

    Advisory Board (2009-2011)

    Executive Secretary (2011-

The Rousseau Association

North American Kant Society

Georgia Circle for Continental Studies

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

The Philosophical Association of Japan

Schelling-Gesellschaft Japan

Japanische Fichte-Gesellschaft

Served on Steering Commitee, 1999-2000

Hegel-Forschungskreis (Tokyo)

The Philosophical Association (Tokyo University)

The Philosophical Association of Sophia University

Served as Faculty Moderator, 1998-2000


08/07 – 05/08Student Research Assistant Grant

05/07Excellence in Teaching Award from College of Arts and Sciences, University of West Georgia

07/05 – 06/06Faculty Research Grant

07/05Distinguished Service Award from Disability Services UWG

10/04Awarded a lap-top computer for proposal for On-line learning

03/02 – 06/04 Invited participant in a project sponsored by the research group, “Europäische Identität und Dialog der Kulturen” of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), entitled “Menschenrechte, Kulturen und Gewalt: Perspektiven einer interkulturelles Ethik”

10/01 – 06/03 Bannan Fellowship at Santa Clara University (California)

09/01Straniak-Fellowship on the philosophical dialogue between East-Asia and the West at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Rheineische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany

Travel stipend, living costs, and honorarium for contribution, entitled “A Scandal to the West, A Folly to the East: J.-J. Rousseau and Nakae Chomin”

04/97 -03/99 Joint Research Project Grant, Japan’s Ministry of Education (Monbusho)

04/97 – 03/99 Joint Research Project Grant, Sophia University

04/95 – 03/97 Joint Research Project Grant, Sophia University

09/89 Adam von Schall Stipendium, Munich,