New Video (January 11, 2023): In this introspective reflection, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert discusses the life, work, and legacy of Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI. The video, entitled “Pope Benedict XVI: From the Third Reich to the Papacy,” was sponsored by the Institute for Critical Social Theory and Ekpyrosis Press.
New Video (December 17, 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert discusses the authoritarian personality in the seminar entitled, “Social Theory and the Fundamental Challenges to Humanity,” sponsored by the Institute for Critical Social Theory and Ekpyrosis Press. He was joined by Dr. Dustin J. Byrd, Dr. Seyed Javad Miri, Dr. Michael Naughton, and Dr. Mehdi Shariati.
New Video (December 14, 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert discusses the history and role of Freudian psychoanalysis in Critical Theory with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd. The video is entitled, “Freud and the Frankfurt School.” It was sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press and the Institute for Critical Social Theory.
New Video (November 2, 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert sat down with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd to discuss Siebert’s latest research on the “Authoritarian Personality.” The discourse, now available on YouTube, is entitled: “What is the Authoritarian Personality.” It was sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press and the Institute for Critical Social Theory.
New Video (October 5, 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert sat down with Dr. Dustin J. Byrd to discuss Siebert’s new book, “Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion.” The discourse, now on YouTube, is entitled: “The Relevance of Hegel Today.” His book, published by Ekpyrosis Press.
New Video (September 29, 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert turned 95 in October 2022. He celebrated his milestone birthday with friends, colleagues, and former students at his “House of Peace” in Kalamazoo. The video of his speech in celebration of his birthday can be found here: 95th Birthday Speech.
New Video (February 2022): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert discussed his new book, “Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion,” published by Ekpyrosis Press in 2021, with the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ekpyrosis Press, Dr. Dustin J. Byrd. In the discourse, they discussed Dr. Siebert’s discovery of Hegel during World War II, Hegel’s influence on the Frankfurt School, as well as Hegel’s theodicy, and many other topics. The video can be found on Ekpyrosis Press’ YouTube page.
New Chapter now in paperback: Rudolf J. Siebert’s chapter, co-authored with Michael R. Ott and Dustin J. Byrd, in Jeremiah Morelock’s book How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School, will be released in paperback in March, 2022, by Haymarket Books in Chicago. The chapter is entitled, “Mythology, Dialectic, and Enlightenment: Determinate Negation.”
Call for Funding (2021): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert wishes to fund an endowed chair in the Comparative Religion department at Western Michigan University, where he taught for fifty-four years. He needs your help! This “Critical Theory of Religion and Society” endowed chair would continue the work he has developed throughout his long career. If you are interested in helping endow this chair, please contact the administrator of this site, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Video (August 2021): A new video of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert has been added to the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive. His presentation, “On Martyrdom and the Friendly Jewish Lady of Frankfurt” was part of a global roundtable entitled, “Martyrdom and the Dialectics of Religion,” sponsored Ekpyrosis Press. The presentation can be found here.
New Book (September 2021): This volume is a collection of Dr. Siebert’s most important articles concerning the influence on, discourse between, and determinate negation of Hegel in the Critical Theory of Religion and Society. The essays contained range from the 1970s to 2021. It is published by Ekpyrosis Press: www.ekpyrosispress.com
New Video (July 2021): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert joined an international group of scholars to discuss “Critical Theory and the Human Condition.” His presentation, entitled, “Marx & Freud, Horkheimer & Adorno: Beyond the Historical Gender Struggle,” can be found here. The link to the entire conference can be found here.
New Book: The paperback version of Dr. Siebert’s festschrift, The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology, edited by Dustin J. Byrd, is now available from Haymarket Books. www.haymarketbooks.org
New Video (June 2021): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert joined Jeremiah Morelock, Dalal Sarnou, and Dustin J. Byrd for a discussion concerning the relationship between religion and gender. Dr. Siebert’s presentation, “Religion and Gender: A Critical Theory Perspective,” can be found here: Religion and Gender: A Critical Theory Perspective
New Video (April 2021): Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert participated in a roundtable discourse with international scholars entitled, “Critical Theory Today: Heritage and Usage.” This discourse was sponsored by St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and took place on April 26, 2021. Video of Dr. Siebert’s portion can be found here: Critical Theory of Religion: Union, Disunion, and Reunion
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New Book Chapter (February 2021): Dr. Siebert co-authored the book chapter “Mythology, Dialectic, and Enlightenment: Determinate Negation,” with Michael R. Ott and Dustin J. Byrd. It has been published with Brill in the book How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School, edited by Jeremiah Morelock. How to Critique Authoritarian Populism
New Book (Fall 2020): A Festschrift in honor of the long career of Rudolf J. Siebert, entitled The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology, edited by Dustin J. Byrd, was released. (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishing, 2020). Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique
Honors: In November of 2020, the city of Kalamazoo, MI, honored Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert and his wife Margaret with a plaque on a bench in the northeast corner of Frays Park, close to the Siebert family residence.
- Four part Lecture Series (2016): “Pope Francis: Restoration, Reform, or Revolution,” has been added to the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive (Jan. 2, 2021). Here is the link to Lecture 1: Pope Francis: Restoration, Reform, or Revolutionary – Part 1.
- Forthcoming Book Chapter (2021): “A Dialectical Approach to the Roman Religion of Utility: The Hinges of History,” co-authored with Dustin J. Byrd, in the forthcoming book Dialectics of Religion and the Roman World, edited by Dies van der Linde (University of Amsterdam) and Francesca Mazzilli (Durham University). It is to be published by Franz Steiner Verlag (Germany), in their series “Potsdamer Altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge”
- Video (Dec. 27, 2019): Rudolf J. Siebert’s “Retirement Speech.”
- Article and Video (Dec. 18, 2019): “Finding Common Ground”
- Article (Nov. 19, 2019): “Former Students Honor Legacy of World Renown WMU Religion and Society Professor.”
- Video (Nov. 17, 2019): “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: Conference in Honor of Rudolf J. Siebert.”
- Article (Oct. 22, 2019): “WMU Professor, A German Soldier during World War II, Made Theory of Peace his Life’s Work.”
- Article (Oct., 2019): “Beloved WMU Religion and Society Professor Retires after a more-than five Decade Career.”
- Article (Dec. 15, 2015): WMU Professor did “duties as a soldier to protect civilians” in Germany World War II