Professor Rocknak's Bio
Professor Rocknak majored in American Studies and Art History and minored in Painting at Colby College. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. She specializes in David Hume and the philosophy of art. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and books, including Brain and Mind, Hume Studies, Philosophy Today (SPEP edition) and Beyond Description: Normativity in Naturalised Philosophy (ed. M. Milkowski and K. Talmont-Kaminski). Her recent book, Imagined Causes: Hume's Conception of Objects, is forthcoming with Springer; The New Synthese Historical Library, Vol. 71, 2012. For a complete CV, please visit http://www.steffrocknak.net/philosophycv.html.
Professor Rocknak is also a professional sculptor. Her work has been in over 50 shows; venues have included the Smithsonian, the windows of Saks 5th Ave., NY, NY and the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, FL. Her sculpture has also been featured in multiple publications, including Arts and Antiques, The Harvard Crimson, Craft Arts International and the cover of Sculptural Pursuit. In 2010, she was awarded the 10K Grand Prize in the Margo Harris Hammerschlag Biennial Sculpture Award. As with her philosophy, her work is historically influenced, but only in terms of learning a technique that transcends the eccentricities of personal expression; there is much to be learned, she claims, from responsibly participating in a tradition of artistic formulation. Her work may be seen at: http://www.steffrocknak.net.
Her message to potential students is: "You're in for an intellectual adventure if you take one of my classes-I'll lead you as far as you are willing to go, regardless if you are a philosophy major or are entirely new to the subject. But be prepared to work with me; philosophy is one of the most challenging sports on the venue-it promotes and demands discipline, dedication and tenacity. But for this very reason, the reward is truly great, that much I can promise you."