David Hyder

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Office: DMS 8108
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1591
E-mail: dhyder@uOttawa.ca
Website: http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~dhyder/

University degrees

2004 - Habilitation, Universität Konstanz
1997 - PhD, University of Toronto
1990 - MA, University of Toronto
1986 - BA, Yale University

Fields of interest

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Austrian Philosophy
  • Kant and Neokantianism

Ongoing research

My current research focuses on the relation between everyday and scientific ontologies.

Courses taught

  • PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions
  • PHI4707 Textes en philosophie française
  • PHI4309 Wittgenstein
  • PHI5359 German Philosophy


Wittgentstein, 2004

Selected publications


Science and the Life-World: Essays on Husserl’s Crisis of European Sciences, edited by D. Hyder and H.-J. Rheinberger. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.

The Determinate World: Kant and Helmholtz on the Physical Meaning of Geometry. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2009.

The Mechanics of Meaning: Propositional Content and the Logical Space of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2002.


“German Scientific Epistemology and Early Analytic Philosophy.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy, edited by M. Beaney. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Kant, Helmholtz and the Determinacy of Physical Theory.” In Interactions: Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy from 1860 to 1930, edited by V. Hendricks, K.Jørgensen, J. Lützen, S. Pedersen. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2007: 1-42.

“L’argument anti-empiriste de Rougier et sa relation à l’anti-réalisme de Putnam.” Philosophia Scientia 10, no. 2 (2006): 251-265

“Wissenschaft und Lebenswelt.” In Homo Sapiens und Homo Faber, edited by G. Wolters. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2005: 297-307.

“Foucault, Cavaillès, and Husserl on the Historical Epistemology of the Sciences.” Perspectives on Science 10, no. 4 (2003): 107-129.

“Kantian Metaphysics and Hertzian Mechanics.” In The Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism, edited by F. Stadler. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003.

“Physiological Optics and Physical Geometry.” Science in Context 14, no. 3 (2002): 419-456.

“Questions Suspended in the Ether.” Nature 404, no. 6775 (2000): 223-224. (with Heinz Lübbig).
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