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 Fall 2022:

Tuesdays 2:30pm to 3:30pm or by appointment

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: 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


David L. Hildebrand is 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. 

Selected Publications

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:

“Philosophical Pragmatism and the Challenges of Information Technologies.” Given as the Presidential Address for the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy annual meeting. March 12, 2022, Winter Park, Florida. (Expected publication: Spring 2023 in The Pluralist.)

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.” Journal of Philosophy of Education: The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. (Oxford: Wiley), 2018

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

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

"Pragmatic Democracy: Inquiry, Objectivity, and Experience." Metaphilosophy 42:5, October 2011