Skip to main content

David Cerbone



  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology)
  • Wittgenstein

Research Interests

Dr. Cerbone's ongoing research focuses primarily on two areas: (i) the phenomenological tradition, with an emphasis on the work of Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl; and (ii) Wittgenstein and early analytic philosophy. His research in (i) and (ii) overlaps considerably: he look to both areas for resources for understanding and criticizing traditional philosophical problems (e.g. problems oriented around skepticism, realism, and idealism), as well as currently dominant philosophical views, most notably naturalism in various forms (scientism, physicalism, materialism). Dr. Cerbone's most recent work has primarily been concerned with the latter, with the often antagonistic relation between phenomenology and scientific naturalism. He's interested in documenting both the attractions and dissatisfactions of naturalistic accounts of human beings and the world, so as to ascertain more fully just what phenomenology has to contribute to our self-understanding.

Dr. Cerbone has published two books, "Understanding Phenomenology" (Acumen, 2006), and "Heidegger: A Guide for the Perplexed" (Continuum, 2008), in these areas.

Other Interests

Apart from spending time with his wife, Lena, and three children (Henry, Lowell, and Margot), Dr. Cerbone has a serious interest in photography. He works primarily with film, in various formats, and recently became excited by the possibilities of pinhole photography. He also enjoys dog training (first, with Webster, who accompanied him to the office for several years, until his death in the summer of 2008, and now with Mickey, who has a long way to go before he’s ready for anything like that), spending time outdoors, reading fiction (Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford are current favorites), and listening to music.


Dr. Cerbone teaches Philosophy 140 (Historical Introduction to Philosophy), Philosophy 354 (Themes in Continental Philosophy), and Philosophy 355 (Existentialism). He recently taught the Junior-Senior Seminar: the topic was Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations.