John R. Silber Professor of Philosophy

Areas of Interest: Metaphysics, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Ethics

Before coming to Boston University, Dr. Dahlstrom taught at Santa Clara University and Catholic University of America. He has also held visiting appointments at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and Boston University. Awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant for work on medieval logic in the Vatican Microfilm Library, Dr. Dahlstrom has also received two Fulbright awards, a summer grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for research in Tübingen, a summer grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities for work at Princeton University on German thought and letters, a Humboldt award for research in Cologne on the thought of Kant, Hegel, and eighteenth century German aesthetics, and more recently, support from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for research on Heidegger’s later thought. Dr. Dahlstrom is the recipient of the 1997 Undergraduate Philosophy Club Excellence in Teaching Award. In recent years, Dr. Dahlstrom served on the executive council of SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), co-hosting its 43rd annual conference in Boston in the Fall of 2004. A regular member of the North American Heidegger Conference, Dr. Dahlstrom hosted its 40th annual meeting at Boston University in the Spring of 2006.

From 2009-10, at the invitation of Israel’s Council of Higher Education (CHE), he headed an international committee charged with reviewing each Israeli University’s Philosophy Department, writing reports for each department, and drafting and presenting a general report to the CHE in Jerusalem. A former Presiding Officer of the Heidegger Circle (2008-11), Professor Dahlstrom was the editor of the first four volumes of Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual from 2011-14. He was voted president of the Metaphysical Society of America for 2009-10 and president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association for 2013-14. Since 1997, the end of his first full academic year at Boston University, he has been the second reader for 15 doctoral dissertations and the director/first reader for 17 doctoral dissertations. All but one of the latter went on to teaching positions, 12 of them tenure-track or tenured positions at such institutions as Wellesley, Xavier, Louisville, York, UCal-Merced, Florida International, Auburn, Scranton, King’s College, Sussex, and Leuven (Belgium).

Dr. Dahlstrom has published several books and translations, including:

Identity, Authenticity, and Humility. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2017.
The Heidegger Dictionary. New York: Bloomsbury Academics, 2013.
Philosophical legacies: Essays on the Thought of Kant, Hegel, and their Contemporaries. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press CUA, 2008.
Heidegger’s Concept of Truth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Das logische Vorurteil: Untersuchungen zur Wahrheitstheorie des frühen Heidegger. Vienna: Passagen, 1994.

His translations include
Martin Heidegger. Introduction to Phenomenological Research. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005.
(with Klaus Brinkmann). Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Basic Outline, Part I: Science of Logic. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
(with Corey Dyck). Moses Mendelssohn. Morning Hours. Amsterdam: Springer, 2011.
Edmund Husserl. Ideas I. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2014.

Dr. Dahlstrom is also the editor of sixteen collections, including:

Interpreting Heidegger: Critical Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Volume 8: Contemporary Philosophy. Bowling Green State University: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2000.

(with Michael Baur). The Emergence of German Idealism. Washington, D. C.: Catholic University of America Press CUA, 1999.

Mendelssohn’s Philosophical Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Schiller’s Aesthetic Writings. New York: Continuum, 1993.

Nature and Scientific Method. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press CUA, 1991.

Philosophy and Art. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press CUA, 1991.

Dr. Dahlstrom has also authored over 180 articles and chapters (over a third peer-reviewed), several of which are available below:

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Being and Being Grounded.” 125-145.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “The Development of Freedom: A Phenomenological Approach.”

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Heidegger’s Basic Assumptions.”

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Husserl and Heidegger on Bedeutung.” 185-204.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Heidegger’s Ontological Analysis of Language.” Heidegger and Language. Ed: Jeffrey Powell. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2013.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Zur Aktualität der Ontologie Nicolai Hartmanns.” Von der Systemphilosophie zur systematischen Philosophie – Nicolai Hartmann. Eds: Gerald Hartung, Matthias Wunsch, and Claudius Strube. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012: 349-366.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Naturzwecke und refl exive Probleme des Selbstseins: Perspektiven von Hegel.” Zweck und Natur. Historische und systematische Untersuchungen zur Teleologie. Ed: Tobias Schlicht. München: Fink, 2011. 145-164.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Play and Irony: Schiller and Schlegel on the Liberating Prospects of Aesthetics.” The History of Continental Philosophy, Volume 1. Ed: Alan Schrift. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Towards an Explanation of Language.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 84 (2011): 33-46.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Introduction.” Interpreting Heidegger: Critical Essays. Ed: Daniel O. Dahlstrom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 1-12.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Being at the Beginning: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Heraclitus.” Interpreting Heidegger: Critical Essays. Ed: Daniel O. Dahlstrom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 135-155.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Truth and Interpretation.” Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology. Eds: Pol Vandevelde and Kevin Hermburg. New York: Continuum, 2011.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Verbal Disputes in Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden.” Moses Mendelssohn’s Metaphysics and Aesthetics. Ed. Reiner Munk. Studies in German Idealism 13, 2011. 3-20.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “The Critique of Pure Reason and Continental Philosophy: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Transcendental Imagination.” The Cambridge Companion to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Ed: Paul Guyer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 380-400.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Hermeneutic Ontology.” Theory and Applications of Ontology: Philosophical Perspectives. Ed: R. Poli and J. Seibt. New York: Springer Press, 2010. 395-415

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Negation and Being.” The Review of Metaphysics, 64 (2010): 247-271.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Truth and Temptation: Confessions and Existential Analysis.” A Companion to Heidegger’s Phenomenology of Religious Life. Eds: S.J. McGrath and Andrzej Wiercinski. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Heidegger and German Idealism.” A Companion to Heidegger. Eds: Hubert Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 65-79.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “The Intentionality of Passive Experience: Husserl and a Contemporary Debate.” The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, 7 (2007): 1-18.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Heidegger’s Transcendentalism.” Research in Phenomenology, 35 (2005): 29-54.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Scheler’s Critique of Heidegger’s Fundamental Ontology.” Max Scheler’s Acting Persons: New Perspectives. Ed: Stephen Schneck. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002. 67-92.

Dahlstrom, Daniel O. “Heidegger’s Method: Philosophical Concepts as Formal Indications.” The Review of Metaphysics, 47 (1994): 775-795.