Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Roger Florka

I grew up in Detroit and first attended college at the University of Chicago. But I dropped out in my third year and hitch-hiked out to California to pursue creative writing and political activism. Eventually my interest in political philosophy grew to the point where I felt the need to return to school. I finished college at Berkeley, studying mainly with Donald Davidson, the philosopher of language and action theory. Grad school at UCLA led to an interest in the history of philosophy. My dissertation, “Descartes’s Metaphysical Reasoning,” was published by Routledge. After a two-year Mellon Fellowship at Stanford, I came to Ursinus in 2000. Recently I have returned to my early interest in political philosophy. The subject itself encourages to find approaches in the classroom that express the great possible respect for students’ autonomy and encourage them to take control of their own learning.

Title

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Degrees

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., UCLA

Teaching

Critical Thinking
Logic
Aristotle’s Metaphysics
Early Modern Philosophy
Descartes
Bacon’s Organon
Locke
Heidegger’s Being and Time
Philosophy of Language
Perception
Philosophy of Race
Social Philosophy
Queer Philosophy

Research Interests

17th-century European Philosophy, especially Descartes
Philosophy of Mind

Recent Work

  • A translation of Descartes’s “Discourse on Method” with annotations and commentary (work in progress)
  • Founder and current President, Descartes Society