Rufus Jones Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Areas of Expertise: Environmental ethics (with possible focus on China, Germany, or the U.S.), interpretation theory (hermeneutics), philosophy of technology, history of philosophy, phenomenology.
- China's Predicament and What They Are Doing
- Germany's Approach: Political and Ethical
- The Concept of Nature: Does the distinction between the natural and artificial continue to make sense? What does the word nature mean when we talk about preserving our "natural" environment. Should we be out to "save the natural environment"? Is "nature" a normative or a descriptive word? What do we mean when we use the word? This lecture will discuss the history of the concept "nature" in the so-called West and how the word is used and abused today.
- Interpretation Theory (debates in literary theory and philosophy about interpretation over the last few decades. Connects these debates to consideration of science and realism).
- How To Think of a World Without Work
- Technology and Globalization
About Robert Dostal
Robert Dostal is the Rufus M Jones Professor of Philosophy and Religion. He has taught at Bryn Mawr since 1980 and served as Provost from 1994-2002. He is chair of the department of Philosophy. Though his research has focused on the German intellectual tradition, he has broad interests that include China. Among other things, he teaches the history of philosophy, ethics and environmental ethics. He has helped lead a “360” study trip concerning the environment with students to Germany in 2015 and again in 2017. In recent years he has become interested in contemporary China and China's cultural and intellectual history. He has visited China many times including a “360” study trip in 2015 about the environment with other faculty and a group of students.