Email: sdrd at ufl dot edu
Phone: (352) 273-1808
Office: 330A Griffin-Floyd Hall
Office hours (Spring 2013): Tuesday 3:30-5:00pm, Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm, and by appointment
I'm an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Florida. I got my PhD in philosophy from Rutgers University, and my MA (my undergraduate degree) in philosophy from the University of St Andrews.
My research focuses on modern philosophy, in particular on the history of discussions of materialism. The project began by looking at the materialist philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, and the reactions of other modern philosophers to Hobbes's views. As the project has developed, I've been looking more at Leibniz's criticisms of materialism, and at the work of other early modern materialists, such as John Toland and Margaret Cavendish. For more on this, see my papers page.
I am currently the philosophy department's undergraduate co-ordinator. If you have any questions, you can contact me at the email address above. If you're looking for information about the major, requirements, etc, you might try the philosophy handbook on the department website. If you have questions about admissions, you probably want to talk to someone in the college advising center.
This semester I'm teaching PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy [syllabus (pdf)] and HUM2305 What is the Good Life? [syllabus (pdf)]. Information for those enrolled in the classes is on the Sakai pages.
The Letters in the Philosophical Letters describes some features of Margaret Cavendish's Philosophical Letters. For each of the letters in the Letters it gives a brief description of the letter's topic, and says which authors and texts are referred to.