Professor Balazs Mezei English CV Summary


Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Faculty of Humanities
Institute for Philosophy
Egyetem utca 1.
2087 Piliscsaba, Hungary

Phone: (26) 375-375 /2934

Areas in Teaching and Research

  • History of Western Philosophy, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology, Ethics, Political Philosophy


2019: Hungarian Encyclopedia of Philosophy (main editor, sponsored by NKFIH)

2013-2018: Encyclopedia of Politics (sponsored by PMA, editor)

2015: Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, In.

2013: Illuminating Modernity: A Research Program of the University of Notre Dame (Nanovic Institute) and Pazmany Peter Catholic University's Department of Philosophy (co-director)

2012: University of Notre Dame, Nanovic Institute, Visiting Professor

2012: Research at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (Mecosta, Michigan)

2007-8: Loyola University of Maryland, Cardin Chair (Visiting Professorship)

2008: Georgetown University, Woodstock Center, invited.

2005:, 2006., 2007: Visiting Professor, Catholic University of Chile, Santiago

2003-2004: University of Notre Dame, Frederick J. Crosson Fellow

1997-2001, 2002-2003: Széchenyi Professors' Fellowship

1997: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Visiting Fellowship

1997: DAAD-Stipendium, Bergische Universität, Wuppertal

1996: University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies

1995: Institute für die Wissenschaften von Menschen (Wien), Jan Patocka Fellowship

1990: Franz-Josef-II-Stipendium

1989: Kirche-in-Not-Stipendium

1988: MTA-Soros Stipend

Professional Memberships

  • Szent István Tudományos Akadémia
  • International Saint Thomas Aquinas Association
  • European Association for Philosophy of Religion
  • John Paul II Institute
  • International Phenomenological Society
  • Hungarian Association for the Study of Religion
  • Hungarian Philosophical Society, Section of Phenomenology
  • Hungarian Philosophical Society, Section of Philosophy of Religion


  • Baccalaureus artium 1988 (Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, Faculty of Theology)
  • Magister artium 1990 (International Academy of Philosophy)
  • Philosophiae doctor 1993 (International Academy of Philosophy. Readers: Barry Smith and Josef Seifert)
  • Habilitatio 1999 (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Doctor Scientiarum 2005 (Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences)

Selected Publications


  • Etienne, Gilson; James, G. Colbert; Mezei, Balázs; Francesca, Aran Murphy (szerk.); Kenneth, Oakes (szerk.) Étienne Gilson, John Duns Scotus: Introduction to His Fundamental Positions. LONDON: T&T Clark International (2019), 600 p.
  • 2017: Radical Revelation. A Philosophical Approach (Bloomsbury, T&T Clark).
  • 2015: Illuminating Faith (co-authored by Francesca Murphy and Kenneth Oakes). New York: Bloomsbury.
  • 2013: Religion and Revelation after Auschwitz. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • 2010: Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Budapest: Kairosz.
  • 2005: Philosophy of Religion, 2 vols, Budapest: Attraktor.
  • 2003: Religion and Tradition, Budapest: L’Harmattan.
  • 1998: The Four Phases of Philosophy. An Essay on Brentano (co-authored by Barry Smith). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • 1998: The Philosophy of Jan Patocka. Budapest: Atlantisz.
  • 1996: God in Parantheses: Edmund Husserl and Theology. Budapest: Gond.
  • 1995: World and Life-World: Outlines of the Thought of Edmund Husserl. New York: Peter Lang.

Other works (selection)

  • The Oxford Handbook of Divine Revelation (main editor, forthcoming)
  • Philosophies of Christianity (editor together with Matthew Z. Vale, Springer, 2019)
  • Magyar Politikai Enciklopédia (MCC-PMA)
  • Death of God. In: The History of Evil, vol. VI. Forthcoming with Routledge in 2016
  • Faith and Reason. In: The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology (ed. by Lewis Ayres), 2016. Available at:
  • 2005: An die Freude. The Ode to Joy by Schiller. With a philosophical analysis translated by B. Mezei. Bp.:  Kairos.
  • 2002: Fénelon, F.: On the Existence of God. Translation, notes and essay by B. Mezei. Bp: Szent István.
  • 1996: Paul Ricoeur and Edmund Husserl. Translations, notes, and essay by B. Mezei. Budapest: Kossuth, 1996.

Articles (selection)

  • Death of God: A History. In: Harrison, Victoria S (szerk.) The History of Evil in the Early Twentieth Century: 1900–1950 CE. London, Egyesült Királyság / Anglia : Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, (2018) pp. 220-241., 21 p.
  • 2016: Renewing Christian Philosophy: An Outline. In: Oakes Kenneth (ed.), Christian Wisdom Meets Modernity. 235 p.
    New York; London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016. p. -. (Illuminating Modernity)
  • 2016: Faith and Reason. In: Ayres Lewis, Medi-Ann Volpe (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. pp. 560-610.
  • 2016: New Perspectives in the Study of Religion, In: REVIEW IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES 1:(1) pp. 2-22. (2016)
  • 2010: Religion after Auschwitz: Jonas, Metz, and the Place of Religion Today = P. Losonczi and A. Singh (eds). From Political Theory to Political Theology. London: Continuum, 2010, 111-122.
  • 2009: Boethius and the Unity of Human Persons, in: Gerl-Falkowitz, H. B.—Gottlöber, S.—Kaufmann, R.—Sepp, H. R. (eds): Europäische Menschenbilder, Leipzig: Thelem, 2009, 277-287.
  • 2009: Two Models of Revelation : Propositional vs. Radical. In: European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, London and Warsaw, pp. 2009, 1, 99-121.
  • 2009: Divine Revelation and Human Person. In: Philosophy and Theology, vol. 18, number 2, 337-354.
  • 2008: The Concept of Person in the Thought of Karol Wojtila, in: Littva, Vladimir–Mikulas, Dalibor, Bioethics Challenges of the Present Time, Catholic University in Ruzomberok–Ministry of Culture, Ruzomberok: 2008, 55-65.
  • 2008: Divine Revelation: A Central Notion of the European Legacy, in: EUROPE in a World of Transformation, ed. by E. Sylvester Vizi–Kucsera, Tamas G., Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2008, 59-73.
  • 2008: Catholic Philosophy in the New Millennium. In: Verbum, Volume 10, Number, 451-472,
  • 2008: The Crisis of University and the Role of Catholic Higher Education. In: Ethos, Rok 22 (2009 nr 1-2 (85-86).
  • 2008: The Arc of Phenomenology: The Importance of Classical Phenomenology from Brentano to Levinas, in: Aspecto, 2008, I, 26-4.
  • 2003: Platonic and Husserlian Intentionality. In: Recherches Husserliennes 20, 2003.
  • 2001: Ungarische Philosophie zwischen Zukunft und Vergangenheit. Ein Überblick, in: Philosophia Hungarica. Profile zeitgenössischer philosophischer Forschung in Ungarn, herausgegeben von Wolfram Hogrebe, Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 2001, 319-328.
  • 2000: Life-World and the Human Body as Problems of the Philosophy of Religion, in: Recherches Husserliennes, 2000, 14, 27-49.

Translations in spearate volumes or in collections from Claudianus, Thomas Aquinas, Fénelon, Schelling, Bolzano, Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Scheler, Thomas Molnar, Walter Brugger, Yves Simon, Josef Pieper, Miklos Vetö etc. Total number of publications is about 200.