Stefanie Rocknak, Professor and Chair of Philosophy

246 Golisano Hall
rocknaks@hartwick.edu
607-431-4391

Areas of expertise:
History of Modern Philosophy; Hume, Contemporary Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Epistemology
Education:
Ph.D., Boston University

Recent courses taught:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Art
  • The Hunt for Protagoras: Relativism
  • Logic
  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Art Theory

Distinctions (awards, fellowships grants):

  • Teacher-Scholar Award; given annually to a faculty member who enhances teaching through scholarship, research, or creative work, Hartwick College, 2014
  • Wandersee Research Grant, Hartwick College, 2006 (40% course reduction load and 5K travel grant)
  • DAAD Research Fellowship: University of Osnabrück, Germany; October 1998 – July 1999. Project: A close examination of Heidegger’s thought, providing the basis for an interpretation of the productive imagination in Kant’s First Critique. Directed by Heribert Boeder
  • Research Fellowship: Institut für die Wissenschaft vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria; January – June 1997
  • 10K Grant by the Lynch Foundation, for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2014.
  • 2K Grant awarded from the Poe Studies Foundation for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, awarded in 2013.
  • 75K Grant awarded by the Edward Ingersoll Brown Fund for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2013.
  • 2K Grant awarded by the Hildreth Stewart Foundation for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2013.
  • 25K Grant awarded by Highland Street Foundation, for the completion of “Poe Returning to Boston,” Boston, MA; application compiled and submitted by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., awarded in 2012.
  • 225K Commission (which covered all fabrication/installation costs), Edgar Allan Poe Sculpture, Boston, MA, 2012
  • Merit Award, Art Kudos International Competition and Exhibition. Juried by David Cohen, 2012.
  • 10K Grand Prize, Margo Harris Hammerschlag Biennial Sculpture Award, National Association of Women Artists. Juried by Eve Ingalls, Elaine Lorenz and Mary Ellen Scherl, 2011
  • 2.5K First Prize in the Sculpture Category, 2010-11 ARC Salon, juried by Vern. G. Swanson, Peter Trippi, Fred Ross and Michael John Angel.

Selected publications:

  • “Hume and the External World” in The Humean Mind, eds A. Coventry and A. Sager (Forthcoming 2016, Routledge)
  • Review of Robert J. Roecklein’s Locke, Hume, and the Treacherous Logos of Atomism: The Eclipse of Democratic Values in the Early Modern Period (Lexington, 2015). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (online, September 2016)
  • Review Essay of Hume’s Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation, by F. Schmitt; Oxford U. Press, 2014, The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Vol. 13, #2 (2015): 152-158
  • Imagined Causes: Hume’s Conception of Objects, The New Synthese Historical Library, Dordrecht: Springer, 2013
  • “Constancy and Coherence in 1.4.2 of Hume’s Treatise: The Root of ‘Indirect’ Causation and Hume’s Position on Objects,” Special Edition of the European Legacy, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of David Hume, ed. S. Tweyman. Routledge. Vol. 18 #4 (2013): 444-456

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Middle States Working Team Co-Leader
  • Faculty Compensation and Budget Committee
  • Chair, Philosophy Department
  • Director, Cognitive Science Program
  • Former Member: Academic Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • Member: Hume Society
  • Member: American Philosophical Association
  • Member: Sculptors Guild, NY, NY
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