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María del Rosario Acosta López

  • Associate Professor
  • PhD​

  • Philosophy
  • Faculty
  • 773-325-7267
  • 2352 N. Clifton, Suite 150


PhD Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2007)


María received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Colombian National University.  She was Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department in the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, until December 2014, when she joined the Philosophy Department here at DePaul. She teaches and conducts research on Romanticism and German Idealism, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, and Contemporary Political Philosophy.  Her more recent work has also moved into the areas of memory, trauma and representations of violence with a focus on Colombian and Latin-American contexts. She used to collaborate with the Historical Memory Center in Colombia in producing reports on paramilitary violence and creating and consolidating Regional Historical Memory Groups, and she has now moved this expertise to Chicago in working with police torture survivors in the South Side of the city in coordination with the Chicago Torture Justice Center and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.

She is the author of books on silence and art in German Romanticism (2006), on Wassily Kandinsky (2007) and a monograph on Friedrich Schiller and the political sublime (La tragedia como conjuro: el problema de lo sublime en Friedrich Schiller; U. Nacional de Colombia, 2008).  She has also edited and co-edited volumes and special issues on Hegel (2008), Schiller (2008) Paul Klee (2009), Aesthetics and Politics (2010 and 2011), Recognition Theories (2010), Contemporary Political Philosophy (2013), Law and Violence (2014) and Art and Memory in Colombia (2016). She has published in journals such as Angelaki, Derrida Today, Epoche, New Centennial Review, Philosophy Today and Research in Phenomenology on topics that include Hegel’s political philosophy, contemporary political debates on community, aesthetics, and the relationship between art, memory and political violence.

She is currently working on a manuscript in Spanish on Narratives of Community in Nancy, Esposito, Agamben and Derrida, a monograph in English on Hegel (Fractures: Hegel on Law, Violence, Community and Memory), a compilation in English on F. Schiller (Aesthetic Reason and Imaginative Freedom: Friedrich Schiller and Philosophy, co-edited with J. Powell, forthcoming with SUNY, 2018), the transcripts in Spanish and English of a seminar held in 2013 with J.L. Nancy (Conversations on Community, Memory and Political Action, co-edited with J.L. Nancy and the Group on Law and Violence)  and a volume on representations of mass atrocity (together with some of her colleagues in the School of Law at the Universidad de los Andes and Cathy Caruth at Cornell University). She is also preparing special issues on Philosophy in Colombia for Philosophical Readings (2018) and on Collective Temporalities for Diacritics (2019). Her most recent book project is titled Grammars of Listening and is an investigation on philosophical conceptions of trauma and memory in the 20th century.