AOS: Contemporary French and German philosophy, theory of interpretation, critical theory
Pol Vandevelde studied in Belgium and Germany, and specializes in contemporary French and German philosophy. He is interested in issues related to interpretation theory, theory of meaning, language, and literature. He has authored, translated or edited fourteen books and published more than fifty articles and book chapters. His monographs include: Être et Discours: La question du langage dans l'itinéraire de Heidegger (1927-1938) (Académie Royale de Belgique, 1994), The Task of the Interpreter: Text, Meaning, and Negotiation (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), and Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning (Routledge, 2012). He is currently translating three volumes of essays by Gadamer into English. His next projects include a book discussing the question of meaning from the perspectives of Edmund Husserl and John Searle and a book on the ethics of interpretation.
Professor Vandevede has been awarded the prestigious "Prix Mercier" by the Institut Superieur de Philosophie of the Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium, for his last book on Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning (Routledge). This is what the description of the prize says: "The Prix Mercier, a prize of € 2,500 to be awarded biennially by the Foundation Cardinal Mercier of the Université catholique de Louvain, honors a publication of exceptional merit on metaphysics, first philosophy or ontology and their relevance to the contemporary world. Former recipients from the US include Nicholas Rescher (University of Pittsburgh), William Desmond (University of Leuven and Villanova University), John Whippel (Catholic University of America).