Faculty Profile

Garry Dobbins

Building: Peirce
Room: 211
Phone: 201.216.5365
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: [email protected]
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  Philosophy / CAL 105 / The Freshman Experience
Program:  Philosophy

B.A., (Hons.), Kings' College, London, 1980
M.A., New York University, 1981
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1989


Critically examining Nietzsche's repudiation of the Socratic tradition in ethics and philosophy more generally; Assessing the impact of Wittgenstein's work on philosophical psychology, language, and ethics.

General Information

Garry Dobbins was born some years ago, and raised in Sydney Australia, where he dropped out of high school at 16, and traveled the world. Tiring of travel, after a stint working as a waiter in Milan, he was accepted into the Philosophy Department at Kings College, London, where he was fortunate enough to study with Peter Winch, Norman Malcolm, Myles Burnyeat, and Rai Gaita.

Following his arrival in the New World, he spent a year at NYU earning a Master's degree, supervised by Tom Nagel, and then moved to Charlottesville, where he took his doctorate at the University of Virginia, supervised by Cora Diamond. His main interests are generally in political and moral philosophy, as well as logic and language. The philosophers he admires most, among the dead, are Socrates, Plato, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Simone Weil. He is writing on Wittgenstein and Marxism, as well as Nietzsche's ill-conceived repudiation of Socrates.

Areas of specialization:

Ethics and Aesthetics
Philosophy of Mind

Institutional Service
Courses Taught

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Language


Philosophical Logic

Philosophy of Social Sciences

  • HPL 112 Science and Metaphysics
  • HPL 339 Ethics
  • HPL 442 Logic
  • HPL 444 Philosophy of Mind
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture