Eva Maria Räpple


Eva Maria Räpple

Professor, Philosophy/Religious Studies

Tel.: (630) 942-3983
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E08C

Areas of Research Interest:

Continental Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Art

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Philosophy;
  • Western Philosophy I: Greek Philosophy – Renaissance;
  • Western Philosophy II: Enlightenment – Present;
  • Global Ethics;
  • Business Ethics;
  • Environmental Ethics;
  • Philosophy of Art;
  • Critical Thinking

Selected Publications:

  • Räpple, Eva Maria. "Art of Life: Gauguin's Language of Color and Shape" (2011). Philosophy Scholarship. Paper 27. College of DuPage Digital Commons. Web. 08/09/2011.
  • Räpple, Eva Maria. "The Seductive Serpent" Religion, Culture, and Marginality: Comparative Perspectives. Eds. David Gay and Stephen R. Reimer. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2010. Print.
  • Räpple, Eva Maria."Setting the Word into Motion: Textual Visuality in the Bible Moralisée, Vienna Codex 25542 (2010). Philosophy Scholarship. Paper 20. College of DuPage Digital Commons. Web. 08/09/2011.
  • Räpple, Eva Maria. "'Experience Does not Err'" (Leonardo Da Vinci) - Artwork as a Mirror of Nature" (2009). Philosophy Scholarship. Paper 7. College of DuPage Digital Commons. Web. 08/09/2011.
  • Räpple, Eva Maria. "Divan Japonais: Toulouse-Lautrec and Japanese Art" (2008). Philosophy Scholarship. Paper 1. College of DuPage Digital Commons. Web. 08/09/2011.
  • Richter, Kent, E. Eva Maria Räpple, John C. Modschiedler, R. Dean Peterson. Understanding Religion in Global Society. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2005. Print.
  • Räpple, Eva Maria. The Metaphor of the City in the Apocalypse of John. Studies in Biblical Literature 67. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. Print.


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
  • M.A. Theology, Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, Illinois)
  • B.A. Latin and Theology, University of Frankfurt - Freiburg (Germany)

Personal Information (interesting & relevant for public):

Philosophy offers an opportunity to critically assess topics and practice constructive criticism. The goal is to gain an understanding of important questions for which there are rarely uncomplicated answers. Having lived in different countries throughout my life, I have always been fascinated with the diversity of ideas, patterns of thought, beliefs and values in this world. This experience certainly shapes an awareness of the need to examine those contexts critically and an interest to work interdisciplinary in the context of COD's global studies program.

An all important goal in teaching is to provide my students with a thorough foundation of knowledge that allows them to critically assess the problems and questions raised in Philosophy. In this context, the classroom becomes a forum where teacher and students work on complex questions, beliefs, concepts, and ideas in the experimental realm as an all-important preparation for life itself. Accordingly, teaching Philosophy is an opportunity to be involved in a process of continuous learning for my students as well as the teacher.

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