Constantin Fasolt

Karl J. Weintraub Professor, History

Harper West 602

A native of Germany, Constantin Fasolt received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981. He has taught at Chicago since 1983. His interests range across European intellectual history from about 1000 to 1800. His research is focused on the origin and significance of modern historical and political thought. He has published books on late medieval political thought (Council and Hierarchy, Cambridge 1991) and on the significance of the early modern turn to history (The Limits of History, University of Chicago 2004). He is also general editor of New Perspectives on the Past, a series of interdisciplinary monographs on fundamental aspects of history published by Blackwell, Oxford. Professor Fasolt won the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1989.

Constantin Fasolt teaches courses in the College’s Core Curriculum and upper level courses on the history of early modern Europe, the Reformation, Calvin's Institutes, and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. He would feel most comfortable advising students interested in the relationship between history, philosophy, political thought, and law, especially concerning texts written during the times from St. Augustine to Kant, or texts relating to the philosophy of history.