David Koukal

David Koukal

Professor of Philosophy

David Koukal
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 310
Phone: 313-993-1138
David Koukal
Areas of Expertise:
Contemporary Social Issues


  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.A., Duquesne University
  • B.A., Shimer College


What He Teaches

David Koukal regularly teaches introductory philosophy, logic, ethics, person and society, social and political philosophy, phenomenology and architecture, existentialism, and media critique. He has also taught thematic courses on friendship, the good life, appearance and reality, and has directed readings on Husserl, Heidegger, Nietzsche, continental philosophy, postmodernism, the phenomenology of place, and the topic of dwelling.

Research and Areas of Interest

Koukal's scholarly research has centered on the phenomenological method and the problem of expression, and he has published articles on Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Sartre. In addition, he is interested in the actual practice of phenomenology, and has undertaken several investigations of the experience of media, lived space and the body. He also maintains an abiding interest in social and political questions.

Degrees and Awards

Koukal holds a B.A. (with distinction) in general studies from Shimer College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He joined the University in the Fall of 2000 and served as director of The Honors Program at Detroit Mercy 2001-2011. He received the Faculty Achievement Award in 2004.