Ph.D., Pennsylvania State Univ. (1965)
M.A., Pennsylvania State Univ. (1963)
A.B., Princeton Univ. (1961)
Drew A. Hyland came to Trinity in 1967 after having begun his teaching career at the University of Toronto in 1964. He is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy. He has also taught graduate courses at Boston University and the New School for Social Research. His scholarly and teaching interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy, 19th and 20th century Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Sport, and Philosophy of Art. He is the author of numerous articles and a number of books, including Finitude and Transcendence in the Platonic Dialogues, Philosophy of Sport, The Question of Play, Questioning Platonism: Continental Interpreters of Plato, and Plato and the Question of Beauty.
His teaching philosophy arises out of a deep commitment to the Socratic teaching that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” The intense and passionate examination of core philosophic texts in class is preparation for an intense and passionate examination of the core issues of our lives. That examination means that the fundamental standpoint of philosophy, and therefore of teaching, is questioning. In 1990 he was the recipient of Trinity’s Brownell Prize for excellence in teaching, and in 2010 he received the Trustee Award for Faculty Excellence.