Curriculum Vitae

 

Roger Florka

 

Education

Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, Philosophy

M.A.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1986, Philosophy

B.A.

University of California, Berkeley, 1983, Philosophy

      

 

Professional employment

2000–

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ursinus College

1998–2000

Lecturer and Mellon Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

1998

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, UCLA

1996–1998

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

1993–1996

Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

1992–1996

Instructor, UCLA Extension

1990–1992

Instructor, Department of Philosophy, UCLA

1986–1992

Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, UCLA

 

Research

Research interests:

       Early Modern Philosophy, especially Descartes

       Philosophy of Mind

       Philosophy of Action

       Philosophy of Sexuality and Gender

 

Publications (book):

Descartes’s Metaphysical Reasoning. Studies in Philosophy Series (Robert Nozick, general editor). N.Y.: Routledge, 2001.

 

Publications (article):

“Problems with the Garber‑Dear Theory of the Disappearance of Descartes’s Method.” Philosophical Studies, forthcoming.

 

Publications (review):

Review of CharlesTaliaferro’s Consciousness and the Mind of God. Faith and Philosophy, January 2002.


 

Work in progress:

“Method, Metaphysics, and Epistemology in Descartes”

“Descartes’s Methods of Analysis and Synthesis”

“The Deep Structure of the First Meditation”

“Simplicity in the Regulae

“A Confusion in Block’s ‘Confusion’”

“Hunger and Horniness: the Analysis of Bodily Appetites”

“O’Shaughnessy’s Treatment of Animal Consciousness”

 

Presentations:

“Problems with the Garber‑Dear Theory of the Disappearance of Descartes’s Method.” Pacific Division APA, San Francisco, March 30, 2003.

“Descartes: Hearts and Minds.” CIE Presentation, November 2002.

“The War on Terrorism.” World Cultures Club, Ursinus College, April 21, 2002.

“The Revised Ursinus Heidegger Lexicon.” With Michelle Sims, Technology Consultant, and Nour Moghrabi. Ursinus Faculty Salon, April 7, 2002.

“The Ursinus Heidegger Lexicon.” With Michelle Sims. Practicum in Instructional Technology, Gettysburg College, June 2001.

Rozemond’s Dualism.” Invited talk at American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, March, 2001.

“The Metaphysics of Deduction in Descartes’s Regulae.Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., February 2000.

 “The Hidden Structure of the First Meditation.” California State University, Los Angeles, January 2000.

 “Why Study the History of Philosophy?” Undergraduate Philosophy Club, Stanford University, November 1999. (Invited paper.)

“Is There Only One Corporeal Substance?” Central Division APA, New Orleans, May 1999.

“The Objectivity of Simple Natures in Descartes’s Regulae.” Southeastern Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy, Tallahassee, Florida, May 1999.

“Simplicity in Descartes’s Regulae.” Pacific Division APA, Berkeley, April 1999.

“Carriero on Descartes’s Scientia.” 5th Annual California Meeting on Early Modern Philosophy, Berkeley, September 1998.

“The Concept of Reasoning.” Colloquium presentation, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, October 1997.


 

Teaching

Areas of teaching specialization:

Early Modern Philosophy, Descartes, Locke, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality

 

Areas of teaching competence:

Elementary Logic, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Language

 

Courses recently taught:

       Consciousness and Thought

Knowledge, Value and Reality

Early Modern Philosophy

Logic

Aristotle’s Metaphysics

The Metaphysics of Desire

Heidegger

Descartes

Liberal Studies Seminar

Philosophical Issues in Gender and Sexuality