Peter Blum
Sociology & Social Thought

Peter C. Blum

Professor of Philosophy and Culture; Director of Sociology and Social Thought
Ambiguity is inherent in things.... [It is] not some imperfection of consciousness or existence, but the definition of them.
— Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Peter C. Blum


B.A. in Philosophy, Religion and Society, Goshen College, 1984

M.A. in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1988

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1993


Born and raised in Millersburg, Ohio, Peter Blum graduated from Goshen College with an interdisciplinary major in philosophy, religion, and sociology. This combination has defined most of his academic interests since college. He studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Notre Dame, and has taught at Hillsdale College since 1992, inaugurating the major in sociology and social thought in 1993.

Blum’s upper-level teaching and research focuses most recently on the individual self as an ongoing tension between unity and multiplicity, drawing together streams from symbolic interactionist sociology, phenomenology, psychoanalytic thought, and post-structuralism, in conversation with the conservative intellectual tradition and with Christian theological anthropology.

Blum is the author of the book, For a Church to Come: Experiments in Postmodern Theory and Anabaptist Thought, published in 2013 by Herald Press, as well as a number of essays and poems. He has also contributed to the blogs, The Imaginative Conservative and Prograrchy: Rockin’ Republic of Prog.