Bob Sandmeyer

  • Assistant Professor
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies Faculty
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • Philosophy
1429 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Husserl Circle
  • North American Society for Early Phenomenology
  • International Association for Environmental Philosophy
Research Interests:
Regular Office Hours - Spring 2018
Mondays 12:30pm - 1:30pm
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Wednesdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Availability to ENS Majors & Minors

Over the course of the semester, I will try to be generally available during the week. Contact me by email in advance of any visit to let me know your plans and to check my availability. My email address is:



Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2007
M.A., Colorado State University, 1995


My specialty is the German phenomenological movement, Husserl, particularly, and environmental philosophy.

In 2009, Routledge published my book, Husserl's Constitutive Phenomenology: Its Problem and Promise. This work traces and analyzes Edmund Husserl's attempts to present a systematic articulation of the phenomenological problematic. Since the publication of this work, I have set about studying the history of the German phenomenological movement. I am currently studying the work of the early phenomenological thinkers, especially Max Scheler at present.

I also have an abiding interest in environmental philosophy. The subject matter of this research area includes the phenomenology of life, the philosophy of the life sciences. Presently, I am developing an existential ecology. In this project I take Hans Jonas's existential interpretation of biological facts as my cue, but I extend this interpretation to the ecological conception of land advanced by Aldo Leopold and others.

I also have a strong research interest in philosophical anthropology.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Faculty
Selected Publications: 
  • Husserl's Constitutive Phenomenology: its Problem and Promise. Routledge. (November 2008)
  • "Life and Sprit in Max Scheler's Philosophy." Philosophy Compass.
  • The Husserl Page
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