David Detmer, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy Coordinator

David Detmer


David Detmer is a professor of philosophy in the department of history and philosophy. He is also coordinator of the philosophy program.

Research Overview

Detmer is the author of seven books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as Sartre, vegetarianism, the Beatles, Rorty, the death penalty, Baudrillard, Woody Allen, the U.S. mass media, Habermas, Husserl, U.S. foreign policy, modern art, existentialism, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Heidegger, Nietzsche and virtue-based epistemology.

I enjoy painting and playing guitar.

Select Publications

  • Renaissance (2021)
  • Simply Sartre (2020)
  • Zinnophobia: The Battle over History in Education, Politics, and Scholarship (2018)
  • Phenomenology Explained (2013)
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A Look Into How the Renaissance has Structured Its Music

Professor of philosophy, David Detmer, Ph.D. joined Sonicbond Publishing in their book series On Track by highlighting the English progressive rock band, Renaissance.

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David Detmer


(219) 989-2941


Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 266


  • Ph.D. – Philosophy, Northwestern University
  • M.A. – Philosophy, Northwestern University
  • B.A. – Philosophy, Boston University

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics, Existentialism, Phenomenology