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

Office: Plaza M108J

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

Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. and by appointment (in person and/or via Zoom)

Expertise Areas: American Philosophy, Philosophy of Media and Technology, Aesthetics, epistemology, John Dewey, pragmatism, neopragmatism, Richard Rorty. 

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

David L. Hildebrand is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver. He served as Chair from 2013-2021. Professor Hildebrand is an active teacher and researcher, and serves numerous national and international academic societies and journals. He's also responsible for creating and maintaining a number of philosophical websites (including his own davidhildebrand.org). He's an avid fan of the jazz guitar and classical piano. An relatively recent CV is here.

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. Key publications in American philosophy and pragmatism include Beyond Realism and Antirealism: John Dewey and the Neopragmatists (Vanderbilt UP, 2003), Dewey: A Beginner's Guide (Oxford: Oneworld Press, 2008), “Dewey” (Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism), “Rorty and Dewey” (A Companion to Rorty, Wiley-Blackwell), “John Dewey” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) and articles on Hilary Putnam, Charles S. Peirce, A.N. Whitehead, and Kenneth Burke.

Books Authored:

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

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

Published Articles and Book Chapters:

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

2011. "Could Experience Be More Than a Method? Dewey’s Practical Starting Point." In R. Frega (ed.), Pragmatist Epistemologies, Lexington Publishing, Lanham, 2011.

2011. "Pragmatic Democracy: Inquiry, Objectivity, and Experience." Metaphilosophy 42:5 (October 2011), pp. 589-604.

2008. "Epistemic and Rhetorical Remedies for the Evolution/Intelligent Design Predicament." Southwest Philosophy Review 24:1 , 2008, pp. 43-52.

2008. "Addressing Controversies in Science Education: A Pragmatic Approach to Evolution Education." Lead author; co-authors: Dr. Kim Bilica (UTSA) and Dr. John Capps (RIT) Science & Education 17: 8-9 (Sept. 2008), pp. 1033-1052.

2008. "Public Administration as Pragmatic, Democratic, and Objective." Public Administration Review 68:2, March/April 2008, pp. 222-229.

2006. "Does Every Theory Deserve A Hearing? Evolution, Creationism, and the Limits of Democratic Inquiry." Southern Journal of Philosophy XLIV: June 2006, pp. 217-236.

2006. "Academics Are Intellectual Entrepreneurs." News and Events, Instructional Technology Information (Electronic Educational Environment, UC Irvine). http://eee.uci.edu/news/articles/0606entrepreneurs.php

2005. "Academics Are Intellectual Entrepreneurs." Peer Review, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Spring 2005, pp. 30-31. 2005. "Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and Public Administration." Administration & Society, 37:3, July 2005, pp. 345-359.

Updated courses and syllabi are here.

PHIL 4101/5101: Pragmatism: Classical American Philosophy
PHIL 4220/5220: Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
PHIL 4740/5740: Empiricism
PHIL 4900/5900: John Dewey
PHIL 4920/5920: Philosophy of Media and Technology
PHIL 1020: Introduction to Ethics and Society
PHIL 1012: Introduction to Philosophy