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:

Office Hours - Fall 2016:

     Mon/Wed:      10:00am – 10:50am
     Mon/Wed:      1:00pm – 1:50pm

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


My specialty is the German phenomenological movement 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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