Curriculum Vitae


Roger Florka




University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, Philosophy


University of California, Los Angeles, 1986, Philosophy


University of California, Berkeley, 1983, Philosophy



Professional employment


Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ursinus College


Lecturer and Mellon Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University


Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, UCLA


Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University


Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University


Instructor, UCLA Extension


Instructor, Department of Philosophy, UCLA


Teaching Assistant, Department of Philosophy, UCLA



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”



“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.



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


Aristotle’s Metaphysics

The Metaphysics of Desire



Liberal Studies Seminar

Philosophical Issues in Gender and Sexuality