Robert J. Dostal

Rufus M. Jones Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Robert J. Dostal headshot


Phone 610-526-5063
Location Old Library 148



Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Focus

Kant and contemporary European philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics



Robert Dostal has taught at Bryn Mawr since 1980. He is the Rufus Jones Professor of Philosophy and Religion. Although he specializes in Kant and contemporary European philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics, he takes a great interest in classical Greek thought. He is also concerned with history and philosophy of science and technology, especially as it relates to ethics and politics. Among Dostal's published works are articles on Kant, the theory of interpretation, Plato, Heidegger's politics, and Gadamer's hermeneutics. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer (2002) and co-editor of Phenomenology on German Idealism, Hermeneutics and Logic (2000).

Courses Regularly Taught:

  • Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Ancient
  • Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Modern
  • Science, Technology, and the Good Life
  • Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
  • Kant
  • Phenomenology: Heidegger and Husserl