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Roger Florka, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., University of California, Berkeley;
Ph.D., UCLA
Olin Hall 216
610-409-3669
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rflorka@ursinus.edu

   Roger Florka (Ph.D. 1997, UCLA; B.A. University of California-Berkeley) thinks that doing philosophy is fun and difficult at the same time … that those who don’t appreciate having their fondest ideas challenged or who can’t handle extended uncertainty should go somewhere else … that for the courageous and the creative there are few things in this life that are as rewarding as contemplating and trying to explain the deepest mysteries of human existence.

   He came to Ursinus College in Fall 2000 after a two-year Mellon Post-Doctorate Fellowship at Stanford University. Previously, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and at UCLA. His book, Descartes's Metaphysical Reasoning, published by Routledge (2001), testifies to his interest in early modern philosophy. His other strong research interest is contemporary philosophy of mind, especially theories of action and perception. He teaches courses on logic and metaphysics and on various figures from the history of philosophy. He is committed to the college’s Common Intellectual Experience (CIE), serving in the CIE Advisory Group as the leader of its faculty training program.

Stewart Goetz, Ph.D,

Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Notre Dame
Olin Hall 215
610-409-3322
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sgoetz@ursinus.edu
Stewart Goetz

   Stewart Goetz (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame; M. Litt. Oxford University) came to Ursinus in 1988 and is the Ross Frederick Wicks Distinguished Professor in Philosophy and Religion. He has written extensively on the freedom of choice and the nature of the self. His books include Naturalism (co-authored with Charles Taliaferro, Eerdmans, 2008), Freedom, Teleology, and Evil (Continuum, 2008), The Soul Hypothesis (co-edited with Mark Baker, Continuum, 2011), A Brief History of the Soul (co-authored with Charles Taliaferro, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), The Purpose of Life: A Theistic Perspective (Continuum, 2012), and The Routledge Companion to Theism (co-edited with Charles Taliaferro and Victoria Harrison, Routledge, 2012). Goetz has also authored numerous papers and reviews in philosophical journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Scholar’s Review, Faith and Philosophy, Mind, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophia Christi, and Religious Studies. Goetz has written chapters for books published by university presses such as Cornell University Press and Oxford University Press, and is the senior editor of the Continuum book series Continuum Studies in Philosophy and Religion.

   Goetz’s teaching interests include courses on freedom and determinism, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of religion, and the meaning of life. Goetz is a recipient of the Lindback award for distinguished teaching.

The Rev. Charles Rice, M.Div.

Chaplain, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.S., United States Coast Guard Academy;
M. Div., Crozer Theological Seminary
610-409-3000 x 3674
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crice@ursinus.edu
 

Nathan Rein

Chair, Associate Professor   
B.A., Columbia University; 
Ph.D Harvard University
F. W. Olin Hall 211
610-409-3000 x 3571
nrein@ursinus.edu
 

Christian Rice

Coordinator of the Bonner Leader Program
Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion
Th.D  Harvard Divinity School (expected 2008)
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
B.A., Ursinus College
610-409-3000, x 4334
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crice1@ursinus.edu
 

Carlin Romano, J.D.

Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
J.D. Columbia University
M. Phil. Yale University
B.A. Princeton University
Olin Hall, 202D
610-409-3125
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cromano@ursinus.edu

   Carlin Romano joined the Ursinus faculty in 2010 following 25 years as Literary Critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he also served at various times as Book Editor, cultural reporter, general assignment city staffer and correspondent based in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the course of his journalistic career, he also taught philosophy at Yale, Yeshiva University, the University of Pennsylvania, Willliams College, Bennington College, Temple University and St. Petersburg State University in Russia. His areas of interest in philosophy include American pragmatism, Wittgenstein, jurisprudence, aesthetics, and the philosophy of literature and journalism. Among his interests in the humanities are Italian, Russian and Jewish literature and culture, as well as the history of the novel. He remains Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the international newspaper of academe based in Washington, D.C.

Kelly Sorensen, Ph.D,

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Ph.D., Yale
Olin Hall 222
610-409-3000 x 3527
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ksorensen@ursinus.edu

   Kelly Sorensen writes and teaches about ethics: ethical theory, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and metaethics.  He also works on Kant, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.  His work has appeared in The Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Kantian Review, Bioethics, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.  He joined Ursinus College in 2004 and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and a Baker-Steyer Instructor at Yale University.

Affiliated Faculty

Jonathan Marks, Ph.D.

Professor of Politics
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., University of Chicago
610-409-3202
Bomberger Hall 209
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jmarks@ursinus.edu
 

Paul Stern, Ph.D,

Professor of Politics
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Bomberger Hall 108
610-409-3000 x 3449
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pstern@ursinus.edu