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Department of English & Humanities

Dr. Francis Grabowski

Department Head and Associate Professor
Baird Hall, Room 215L
918-343-7617
fgrabowski@rsu.edu

 

Education

  • Ph.D.
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 2004
    Dissertation: Why Plato Is Not a Platonist
  • M.A.
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1998
    Thesis: Ionian Natural Philosophy: Science or Proto-Science?
  • B.A., Philosophy
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1994

Teaching Experience

  • 2012-Present, Associate Professor
  • 2006-2012, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK
    • Courses taught: Logic*, Introduction to Philosophy*, and Values and Ethics*

  • 2005-2006, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Albion College, Albion, MI
    • Courses taught: Ancient Philosophy, Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Introduction to Philosophy*

  • 1997-2004, Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 2004-2005, Adjunct Faculty
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    • Courses taught: Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Philosophical Systems*, Introduction to Philosophical Problems*, and Critical Thinking*

  • 2001-2005, Adjunct Faculty
    Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
    • Courses taught: Religion and Science, Foundations of the American Experience*, Development of the American Experience*, and Aesthetics

  • 200-2005, Adjunct Faculty
    Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

  • 2005: Adjunct Faculty
    Oakland University, Pontiac, MI

* denotes multiple sections

Area of Specialization

  • Ancient Philosophy (esp. Plato and the Presocratics)

Areas of Competence

  • History of Philosophy (esp. Medieval and Contemporary Analytic)
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Critical Thinking

Scholarship

Book

  • Plato, Metaphysics and the Forms (New York: Continuum Books, 2008)

Journal Articles

  • "Issues Surrounding Logos in Heraclitus, Frag. B56,” Michigan Academician 32:4 (2000): 267–87

Refereed and Invited Papers

  • "What Anselm Should Have Said to Gaunilo,” Tulsa Philosophical Society (5 March 2008)
  • "Russell’s Odd Appeal to Instinct and Its Promising Implications for Theism,” Dallas Socratic Society (9 April 2007)
  • "Anslem’s Ontological Argument and Platonic Realism,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Group Meeting (25 March 2004)

Popular Lectures

  • "Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion: A Critical Review,” Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University (14 March 2008)
  • "The Problem of Evil and Theodicy in the Early Church,” St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Claremore, OK (13, 20 and 27 February 2008)

Book Reviews

  • Review of Eli Maor’s The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History, European Legacy 13:6 (2008)
  • Review of Konrad Kinzl’s A Companion to the Classical Greek World, European Legacy 13:1 (2008)
  • Review of John Rist’s Real Ethics, Philosophia Christi 6:2 (2004)

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Senate’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, School of Liberal Arts, 2008

University Service

  • Curriculum Committee, Department of English and Humanities, 2007/08
  • Capstone Committee, Department of English and Humanities, 2007/08
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Reform the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Department of English and Humanities, 2007/08
  • Hiring Committee, Department of English and Humanities, Spring 2008
  • Faculty Senate, elected Senator from Department of English and Humanities, 2007/08
  • Christian Apologetics Club, Advisor, since Fall 2006
  • Philosophy Club, Advisor, since Spring 2007

Professional Organizations

  • American Philosophical Association, member since Fall 1999
  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, member since Fall 2006

Foreign Languages

  • Ancient Greek and Latin (reading)