Professor Buroker’s areas of specialization are Kant, Descartes, seventeenth and eighteenth-century logic and history of science, and the theory of knowledge. She has written Space and Incongruence: the Origin of Kant’s Idealism (D. Reidel, 1981) and translated Logic or the Art of Thinking: the Port-Royal Logic (Cambridge, 1996). Her student guide to the Critique of Pure Reason was published by Cambridge University in 2006 as Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason: An Introduction. During research leaves in France in 1986 and 1990, she gave talks at the Université de Lyon and the Sorbonne, as well as at the University College, Cork, Ireland. She has presented numerous papers at conferences and at universities in the U.S. and Canada. Professor Buroker has published articles in Kantian Review, Synthese, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Topoi, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, and numerous anthologies. She reviews books and article submissions for the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Dialogue, Kantian Review, Philosophical Books, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Cambridge University Press.
Professor Buroker’s regular upper-division course offerings include Phil 313: History of Modern Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality; Phil 315: History of Modern Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality II; Phil 367: Gender and Philosophy; Phil 410: The British Empiricists, Kant, Hume; and Phil 490: Personal Identity. She also teaches HUM 306, the upper-division writing class.
Professor Davidson’s areas of interest include philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and the history of modern philosophy.
Professor Davidson is currently working on issues in the philosophy of time and on questions surrounding the role of experience in justifying empirical beliefs.
Professor Davidson’s upper-division teaching includes Phil 372: Philosophy of Religion; Phil. 380: Metaphysics; Philosophy 382: Philosophy of Math and Logic; Phil 385: Theory of Knowledge; and Phil 387: Philosophy of Language.
“Internalism and Properly Basic Belief” (with Gordon Barnes) forthcoming in Philosophy and the Christian Worldview : Analysis, Assessment and
“Presentism and the Non-Present” in Presentism: Essential Readings Blackwell, 2010.
Professor Finsen has published articles in philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, applied ethics and experimental psychology. She is currently working on ethical issues relating to human relationships with animals. She has published articles in this area in various journals and has co-authored The Animal Rights Movement in America (Twayne, 1994). Prof. Finsen also has long-term interests in critical thinking pedagogy. She has received a grant to form a Critical Thinking Institute on campus. The Institute established by Professor Finsen, along with other members of the CSUSB faculty, studies improved methods of teaching and assessing critical thinking.
Professor Finsen teaches Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics in the Helping Professions, Introduction to Philosophy and a Humanities Capstone Course, Interpretations and Values. Prof. Finsen is an animal rights activist and director of Californians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. She rescues farm animals with a particular focus on homeless and abused pigs.
Professor Gallo’s areas of specialization include the history of philosophy, nineteenth- and twentieth-century continental philosophy, especially Existentialism, Sartre, and Nietzsche. She has delivered several papers at national conferences and at universities in the U.S. and has published “On the Question of Nietzsche’s ‘Scientism,’” International Studies in Philosophy, XXII, 2 (1990).
Professor Gallo’s regular upper-division course offerings have included Phil 317: Ancient Philosophy; Phil 325: Philosophy and the arts; Phil 355: Contemporary Ethical Issues; and Phil 410: Existentialism.
Professor Moody’s area of specialization is political philosophy. His published work has been on feminism, anarchism, and communitarianism, and his work has been anthologized. He has co-edited Alienation (Humanities Press International, 1994). He has presented papers at national and international conferences as well as at universities in the U.S. He has done sustained work on Locke and 17th Century English political thought, and Rousseau. He is currently working on international ethics and political theory, primarily on the possibilities of democratization in the international arena, as well as issues of international criminal justice, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, and the viability of traditional notions of sovereignty in an age of globalization,
Professor Moody regularly offers Phil 319: History of Modern Political Theory; Phil 320: Philosophy of Education; Phil 364: Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity; and Phil 361: Social and Political Philosophy. He has recently taught upper-division seminars on Locke’s political theory and on international justice. He occasionally teaches Humanities 344: Ideas in American Culture, an upper-division large lecture general education capstone course. He hopes to introduce and teach a new course on International Ethics and Political Theory.
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Professor Naticchia specializes in moral, political, and legal philosophy. His research focuses on domestic and international justice and human rights. His latest publications include: “Hobbesian Realism in International Relations: A Reappraisal,” forthcoming in Sharon Lloyd (ed.), Hobbes Today (Oxford); “The Anarchist Within: Natural Duty of Justice Accounts of Political Obligation,” American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Law 7, no. 1 (Fall 2007), 14-18; “The Law of Peoples: The Old and the New,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 2, no. 3 (November 2005) [special issue on Global Justice]; reprinted in Thom Brooks and Fabian Freyenhagen (eds.), The Legacy of John Rawls (London and New York: Continuum, July 2005); “Recognizing States and Governments,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35, no. 1 (March 2005); “Explanatory Unification and the Demystification of Ethics,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 42, no. 2 (2004), 237-259; and “Recognition and Legitimacy: A Reply to Buchanan,” Philosophy & Public Affairs 28, no. 3 (Summer 1999), 242-257. He has received two Faculty Research Awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and was recently a visiting scholar at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. He is currently at work on a book project entitled, “A Theory of International Recognition.” Professor Naticchia has served as a referee for Social Theory and Practice, The Journal of Social Philosophy, Res Publica, Political Studies, and The American Political Science Review, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Rawls Lexicon (Cambridge), edited by David Reidy and Jon Mandle. He is also co-secretary of the Law and Philosophy Discussion Group of Southern California.
Professor Naticchia regularly teaches courses in moral, political and legal philosophy, including Phil 350: Ethics; Phil 353: Applied Ethics; Phil 361: Social and Political Philosophy; and Phil 362: Philosophy of Law.
Professor Otto’s interests include ancient philosophy and logic, with a dissertation on regress arguments in Plato’s Parmenides. He has published, “Solving the Second Horn of the Dilemma of Participation” Aperion (2003), “The Logic of the First Horn of the Dilemma of Participation” Ancient Philosophy (2006), and an edited volume of translations of six Platonic dialogues called An Annotated Plato Reader, from Global Scholarly Press (2010). He has also created a computer proof-verification program called Deductions for Mac OS X.
Prof. Otto’s upper-division teaching includes Phil 311: Ancient Philosophy, Phil 312 Medieval Philosophy, Phil 410: Advanced issues in History of Philosophy, along with courses in logic, including Phil 300, Predicate Logic.
Professor Roy’s interests include metaphysics, logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. His main research concerns problems associated with the nature of properties, possibilities and physical things. Publications include “Worlds and Modality,” The Philosophical Review, 102 (1993); “In Defense of Linguistic Ersatzism,” Philosophical Studies, 80 (1995), and “Things and De Re Modality,” Nous, 34 (2000). Recent publications are “Natural Derivations for Priest, An Introduction to Non-Classical Logic” available in the online AJL (2006), and “Modality” in the forthcoming Continuum Companion to Metaphysics. He is also working on textbooks for logic and metaphysics.
Professor Roy’s upper-division teaching includes Phil 300: Predicate Logic; Phil 308: Alternative Logics; Phil 400: Advanced Issues in Logic; Phil 380: Metaphysics; Phil 387: Philosophy of Language; Phil 485: Advanced issues in Metaphysics and Language; and Phil 372: Philosophy of Religion.
Sessional lecturers play an important (and large) role in the functioning of the philosophy department. Currently, Fall Quarter, 2012, part-time faculty include: