David L. Hildebrand

David L. Hildebrand, Ph.D.
Professor, PhD

Office: Plaza M108G

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
P.O. Box 173364
Campus Box 179
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
955 Lawrence St.
Plaza Building, Room M108

Office Hours for Spring 2024:

ONLINE Office hours by appointment via david.hildebrand@ucdenver

Expertise Areas: American Philosophy, Philosophy of Media and Technology, Aesthetics, Epistemology, John Dewey, Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, Richard Rorty 


Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 1997
B.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1987

Courses Taught

Couse Descriptions Can Be Found Here

PHIL 4101/5101: Pragmatism: Classical American Philosophy

PHIL 4220/5220:  Art, Beauty, and Aesthetic Criticism: Philosophy of Art

PHIL 4740/5740: Empiricism

PHIL 4900/5900: John Dewey

PHIL 4920/5920: Philosophy of Media and Technology

PHIL 3360 -  Epistemology

PHIL 3050/5050: Propaganda: Truth, Lies, and Freedom

PHIL 1012: Truth, Reality, and the Good Life: Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 1020: Right, Wrong, and Seeing the Difference: Introduction to Ethics



David L. Hildebrand is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver and served as Chair from 2013-2021. Professor Hildebrand serves numerous national and international academic societies and journals and is also responsible for creating and maintaining a number of philosophical websites (including his own davidhildebrand.org).  

Professor Hildebrand's primary research areas include American Philosophy, Pragmatism & Neopragmatism, and epistemology. He is particularly interested in the language-experience tension in pragmatism and neopragmatism, the nature of pragmatic objectivity, and the application of pragmatism to areas outside of philosophy. His current interests include the ways technology influences lived aesthetics and vice-versa. In particular, he’s researching the influences of technology on musical experience, education, and public conversation, especially in regards to democratic problem-solving. 

Get to know more about your professor ahead of time by checking out a couple of his featured YouTube videos. If you are enrolled in his PHIL 1012: Introduction to Philosophy, click here and if you're enrolled in his PHIL 4920/5920 Philosophy of Media Technology, click here.

Selected Publications

Books Authored:

"John Dewey: A Beginner's Guide", Oxford, UK: Oneworld Press, 2008.

"Beyond Realism and Antirealism: John Dewey and the Neopragmatists", Vanderbilt University Press, 2003.

**Note: if you are unable to find either of these books in the Auraria Library, please come to the Philosophy Department. We may have copies available.**

Published Articles and Book Chapters:

John Dewey.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), 2018

Experience is not the Whole Story: the Integral Role of the Situation in Dewey's Democracy and Education”, in Journal of Philosophy of Education: The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. (Oxford: Wiley), 2018

"The Paramount Importance of Experience and Situations in Dewey's Democracy and Education", in Educational Theory vol. 66, 2016.

"Art is not Entertainment: John Dewey’s Pragmatist Defense of an Aesthetic Distinction", in Southwest Philosophy Review vol. 31, 2015.

"Dewey’s Pragmatism: Instrumentalism and Meliorism", Chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism ed. Alan Malachowski. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. December 2013.

"Pragmatic Democracy: Inquiry, Objectivity, and Experience", in Metaphilosophy vol. 42, October 2011