Hurbert Dreyfus professor of philosophy at
the University of California, Berkeley who
champions phenomenology, existentialism and
the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence.
Hubert Lederer Dreyfus was educated at Harvard, earning three degrees there (B.A in 1951, M.A in 1952, and Ph.D. in 1964). He is considered a leading interpreter of the work of Martin Heidegger. His Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger’s “Being and Time,” Division 1, is thought by some to be the authoritative text on Heidegger’s philosophy.
While spending most of his teaching career at Berkeley, Professor Dreyfus has also taught at the Brandeis University (1957 to 1959), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (from 1960 to 1968), the University of Frankfurt, and Hamilton College. His philosophical work has influenced Richard Rorty, Charles Taylor, John Searle, and his former student John Haugeland, among others. His critical comments on the existential phenomenology and subsequent dialectical philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre has played a significant role in the demise of Sartre’s influence on modern thought.
Dreyfus is said to have been the inspiration for the character Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (aka. The Professor) of the television cartoon series Futurama.