Ronald Hustwit

Ronald Hustwit

Frank Halliday Ferris Professor of Philosophy; Chair of Religious Studies

Department/Affiliation: Philosophy, Religious Studies
Phone: 330-263-2485
Office Address: 101 Scovel


  • B.A. Westminster 1964
  • M.A. Nebraska 1965
  • Ph.D. Texas 1970

Additional Info

Hustwit joined the faculty in 1967. His teaching, while generally aimed at liberal arts undergraduates, focuses on philosophical issues in language and mind as raised by the important figures in the history of philosophy. His teaching reflects the influences of Wittgenstein and O.K. Bouwsma. He continues to expand a lengthy “Commentary on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations.” He has edited and published the papers of Bouwsma as well as prepared supplementary scholarly aids to his work. 

Courses Taught

Ancient Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Language, Education, and Religion, and Existentialism.

Awards & Professional Memberships

Hustwit is a member of the American Philosophical Association, Ohio Philosophical Association, Austrian Wittgenstein Society, Soren Kierkegaard Society, American Chesterton Society, The Newman Society of America, and The International Society for Military Ethics. 


Hustwit is the author of O.K. Bouwsma: A Philosophers JourneySomething About O.K. Bouwsma, An Annotated Bibliography of Bouwsma’s works, and an Index of The Bouwsma Collection at The Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas.  He has edited five works of O.K. Bouwsma’s papers: Toward a New Sensibility, Without Proof or Evidence, Wittgenstein Conversations, Bouwsma’s Notes on Wittgenstein’s Philosophy and Bouwsma’s Commonplace Book. More recently he edited and introduced a book on Alburey Castell’s writings on education, titled, Who Needs a Liberal Arts Education. He continually adds to commentary on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, which is currently published from his desktop. He also has articles and papers on Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Cardinal Newman.