David Weberman

Associate Professor

Contact information

Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
Office Hours: 
Monday 3:00 - 15:00 and Thursday 12:00 - 14:00. Anyone can find me at those time at: whereby.com/weberman-ceu. Also other times are available by appointment at the same URL.
+36 1327-3000 x2324


Associate Professor, Central European University, Department of Philosophy, 2007-

Fellow, Humanities Center, Central European University, 2005-2006

Associate Professor, Georgia State University, Department of Philosophy, 2002-2004 Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, Department of Philosophy, 1999-2002

Fellow in Law and Philosophy, Harvard Law School, 1998-1999

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Philosophy, 1990-1998

Teaching Fellow, Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, 1989-1990


19th and 20th century European Philosophy; Philosophy of History; Hermeneutics; Aesthetics


Aesthetics, Philosophy of Emotions, Philosophy of Law; Philosophy of Law; Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Logic


Ph.D. Columbia University. Philosophy. 1990.

M. Phil. Columbia University. Philosophy. 1987.

M.A. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. Philosophy. 1982.

-- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. French, Philosophy.


 “The Challenge for Interpretive Pluralism,” Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; Jadavpur University, Calcutta India, March-April 2009.

“McDowell’s Re-Enchanted Nature and the Multiply Interpretable World,” 14th Evian Philosophy Colloquium, Evian France, July 2008

“Interpretation, Underdetermination and Relational Properties,” Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia, March 2008.

“Problems with Interpretive Monism,” Central European University, Budapest, June 2007.

“Possible Convergences in Analytic and Continental Philosophy,” University of Sarajevo, June 2007.

“Three Lectures on Foucault: Power, Subjectivity and Truth,” Scoala Nationala de Studii Politice si Adminstrative, Bucharest, June 2007.

“What is Emotional Truth?” ELTE, Budapest, November 2006.

“Five Things to Know about Hermeneutics,” Università di Genova, Italy, February 2006.

“Heidegger’s Anti-Epistemology,” Central European University, Budapest, November 2005.

Commentator on “Gadamer and the Fusion of Horizons,” APA Pacific meeting, San Francisco, March 2005 (not attended, paper read by chair of panel).

“Nietzsche and Callicles,” Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, February, 2005.

“Is Substantive Philosophy of History Legitimate or Simply a Case of Substance Abuse?” William Edwards Undergraduate Lecture, Emory University, November 2004.

“Is Substantive Philosophy of History a Legitimate Enterprise?” Central European University, Budapest, July 2004.

“Cassirer’s Mythical Thought and Heidegger’s Problem with Consciousness,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Boston, November 2003.

“Nietzsche, Genealogy and the Genetic Fallacy,” German Studies Assoc., New Orleans, Sep. 2003.

Commentator on “Text, Time and Image in Walter Benjamin,” German Studies Assoc., New Orleans, Sep. 2003.

Commentator on Nicholas Fotion’s “Moral Constraints of War,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, April 2003.

“Adorno on the Immediacy of Experience,” German Studies Association, San Diego, October 2002.

“Gadamer, Non-Intentionalism and the Underdetermninedness of Aesthetic Properties,” Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2002.

“Against Intentionalism: The Underlying Intuition,” Furman University, February 2002.

Commentator on “Why Phenomenologists Cannot Discover Essences,” APA Eastern meeting, Atlanta, December 2001.

“Gadamer’s Moderate Non-Intentionalism,” Brooklyn College-CUNY, December 2001.

“The Matrix, Simulation and Postmodernism,” Georgia State University, November 2001.

Session Chair, “The Dialogical and Communal Grounding of Practical Hermeneutics,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Goucher College, Baltimore, October 2001.

Commentator on “Interpretation and First-Person Authority,” Georgia State Univ., September 2001.

“What’s Behind Sanctity of Life Arguments?,” Panel on Abortion, Georgia State Univ., April 2001.

Commentator on “Sartre and Racialized Identity,” APA Pacific meeting, San Francisco, March 2001.

“The Hermeneutic Case Against Authorial Intention,” symposium paper APA Pacific meeting, San Francisco, March 2001.

“Does the Endeavor to Understand the Other Suppress the Other’s Otherness?,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Penn. State University, October 2000. Organized panel “Communication and Incommunicability in Adorno, Bataille, Levinas and Gadamer.”

“On Racial Kinship,” APA Central meeting, Chicago, April 2000.

“Is Group Identity in Bad Faith? A Sartrean Perspective," APA Eastern meeting, Boston, Dec. 1999.

“On Racial Kinship,” Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University, September 1999 and Georgia Philosophical Society, Emory University, November 1999.

Panel Moderator, “Between Ethics and Justice,” International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Hartford, Conn., May 1999.

“Heidegger's Relationalism,” APA Central meeting, New Orleans, May 1999.

“A New Defense of Gadamer's Hermeneutics,” APA Pacific meeting, Berkeley, April 1999.

“Is Group Identity in Bad Faith? A Sartrean Perspective,” Tenth Biennial North American Sartre Society meeting, Los Angeles; Georgia State University, Miami University (Ohio), February 1999.

“Reconciling Gadamer's Non-Intentionalism with Standard Conversational Goals,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Denver, October 1998.

“A Relational Properties Approach to a Theory of Interpretation,” Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, August 1998. Selected for on-line publication.

“Are Freedom and Anti-Humanism Compatible? The Case of Foucault and Butler,” Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 1998.

“Power and Agency in Judith Butler's Work,” APA Pacific meeting, Los Angeles, March 1998.

“Interpretive Pluralism: An Overview,” University of Auckland, New Zealand, February 1998.

“The Nonfixity of the Historical Past,” National Chung-Cheng Univ., Rep. of China, January 1996.

“Sartre, Emotions and Wallowing,” National Tsing Hua University, Rep. of China, January 1996.

“Heidegger on the Disclosive Character of Emotions,” Lawrence University, February 1994.

“Towards a Genetic Conception of Ideology,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 1993.

“Heidegger contra Descartes,” University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, October 1991.

“Heidegger's Transcendental Historicism,” Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 1990.

“Comments on the Mind-Body Problem,” Drew University, January 1990.

“Heidegger's Transcendental Argument,” Illinois Institute of Technology, November 1989.


Central European 2005- Visiting Fellow, Associate Professor

University Nietzsche, Kant’s First Critique, Philosophy of History, Aesthetics

Philosophy of Social Sciences, Foucault, Philosophy of Interpretation, Philosophy of History of Philosophy, Heidegger’s Being and Time, Continental Philosophy since Kant

Bard-Clemente 2001-2004 Instructor

Program in Humanities Introduction to Philosophy

Georgia State 1999-2004 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

University Undergraduate Courses: Great Questions of Philosophy, Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Nietzsche, Phenomenology, Mortal Questions, Sartre, Heidegger, Marxism, Aesthetics.

Graduate Courses: Hermeneutics, Postmodernism, Nietzsche, Phenomenology, Sartre, Continental Aesthetics, Heidegger, Frankfurt School, Marxism, Merleau-Ponty, Aesthetics.

Directed Studies: Heidegger, Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations

University of 1990-1998 Assistant Professor

Wisconsin-Madison Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Hermeneutics and History, Heidegger, Existentialism, Foucault, Late Heidegger and French Philosophy, Philosophy of History, Interpretation in Law and Literature

Graduate Seminars: Heidegger, Autonomy and Ideology, Heidegger and Subjectivity, Frankfurt School, French Anti-Humanism, Hermeneutics, Late Foucault

Directed Studies: Frankfurt School Aesthetics, Philosophy of History, Heidegger's Aesthetics, The End of Philosophy?, Death, Feminist Epistemology, Heidegger's Nietzsche

Illinois Institute of 1989-1990 Teaching Fellow: Core Humanities Course, 20th Century Philo- Technology sophy, Political Philosophy

HEOP (program for 1987-1989 Tutor: Formal Logic disadvantaged students)

New York University 1986-1989 Lecturer: Intro. to Philosophy, Existentialism, Ethical Relativism

Columbia University 1985-1989 Preceptor: Literature-Humanities

Instructor: Existentialism

Teaching Assistant: Kant, Nietzsche; Reader: Intro. to Philosophy


EU Framework Programme Research Grant, “Equal Respect and Tolerance in a Culturally Diverse Europe,” Coordinator for Hungary, 2-year, 12-nation, 1.8 million euro project, 2010-2011.

Research Fellowship, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, March-April 2009.

Humanities Fellowship, Central European University, 2005-2006 (2 yrs., paid).

Research Initiation Grant, Georgia State University, 2004.

Writing Across the Curriculum, Georgia State University, 2001.

University of Wisconsin Foundation Grants, 1991, 1993


• Fellowship in Law and Philosophy, Harvard Law School, 1998-1999

• IIT Humanities Fellowship (Mellon Foundation), Illinois Institute of Technology, 1989-90

• President's Fellowship, Columbia University, 1983-1984, 1984-1985

• Graduate with Distinction, Universität München, 1982


American Philosophical Association

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

North American Sartre Society

Society for the Philosophy of History

Georgia Philosophical Society (Vice President 2000-2001, President 2001-2002)

German Studies Association


German: near-native reading, writing and speaking

French: very good reading, good writing and speaking


Munich, Germany (7 years); Paris, France (1 year); Israel (6 months); Switzerland (3 months); India (2 months)

Deutschkurs für Ausländer an der Universität München (5 months)


• Central European University: Supervisor of 6 Ph.D. Theses (on Husserl’s theory of meaning, Hegel’s Critique of Kant, Political Art, Ugliness in Aesthetic Theory, Phenomenological Environmentalism, Dreams and Altered States of Consciousness.)

• Georgia State University: Supervisor of M.A. Theses, [Sartre (2); Nietzsche (2), Heidegger (1) and Cixous (1 for the Women’s Studies Institute), Merleau-Ponty (1)]. Member of M.A.Thesis Committee (on philosophy of law, on Tolstoy’s theory of art, on pragmatism, on Heidegger, on Sartre).

• University of Wisconsin: Supervisor of Ph.D. Dissertations, (on Sartre; on philosophy of technology).

• University of Wisconsin: Member of Ph.D. Dissertation Committees, Philosophy Dept., German Dept., English Dept., Sociology Dept., Political Science Dept., Dept. of Education Policy Studies.


• Central European University: Organizer of Annual Inhouse Graduate Conference, Organizer of Colloquium Series

• Georgia State University: Director of Undergraduate Studies (2001 - ), Recording Secretary, Colloquium Program Committee Chair, Departmental Self-Study Committee, Junior Search Committee- Chair, Senior Search Committee, Visiting Instructor Search Committee, Curriculum Committee, Affiliate of Women’s Studies Institute.

• University of Wisconsin: Admissions Committee, Continuing Students Fellowship Committee, Independent Major Committee, DAAD/Bonn Fellowships Committee, Foreign Language Committee.


Books: Broadview Press, Longman Publishers, Oxford University Press, Routledge.

Articles: American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review, Dialogue (Canada), Herder Jahrbuch, Inquiry, Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Synthese, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Theoria (South Africa).

Advisory Board: Percipi (Graduate Philosophy Journal, Budapest); Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies (Cluj, Romania)

M.A. Thesis: University of Auckland (New Zealand).

Fellowship: Killam Fellowship, Canada Council of the Arts (Ottawa), 2001

Tenure Case: Beloit College, Clemson University.

Other: Fine Arts Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997, Journalism History Society, Georgia State University, 2002.


MA, Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich
PhD, Philosophy, Columbia University, New York

Projects with involvement of David Weberman