Curriculum Vitae for Robert
Emeritus, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Vancouver Island University
- 2000 Instructor, Counsellor, Chairman, Coordinator, Director
1969 Assistant Professor of English
Coos Bay, Oregon
- 1966 Graduate Student
Santa Barbara, California
1964 Personnel Supervisor
The Boeing Company
- 1962 Truck dispatcher and Labor Foreman
The Haskell Company
Santa Barbara, California
1961 University Student
- 1957 Grunt - Sgt. United States Marine Corps, Korean veteran
Awarded Professor Emeritus status 2015 – Philosophy
and Religious Studies department at VIU.
Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding
Service Award from VIU.
- Founding Director, The Institute
of Practical Philosophy.
- Parks Commissioner, City of Nanaimo,
2003 to 2006
- Founding Director and Executive
Secretary, Vancouver Island Society for Practical
- Board Member, BC Civil
- Managing Editor, Island,
January, 1978 to 1987.
- Founding Director and
President, Vancouver Island Literary Society, 1980
- Member Nanaimo
and Region Hospital
Society; member steering committee for ethics.
- Member of Veterans for Peace, Coos
Bay, Oregon, 1967 - 1969
- 1953 High School Diploma, Wray,
- 1959 A.A. Math degree with
honors, Santa Barbara City
- 1961 B.A. English degree with
honors, University of California
- 1966 M.A. English with
distinction, University of California
- 1967 LTC Standard Teaching
Credential in Junior College teaching, California
- 1976 M.A. Philosophy, Simon
- 1967 Various parts in reading
theatre productions of Under Milkwood, No Exit, The Lady's Not For Burning.
- 1968 Mr. Augenblick
in The Last Word, Southwestern Oregon
Community College production.
- 1971 Directed The Bald Soprano.
- 1978 Antonio, in Twelfth Night,
directed by Ed Brubaker, produced by Malaspina
PUBLICATIONS in recent years:
- 1994 Reading the Bible:
Intention, Text, Interpretation, University Press of America,
Lanham, New York,
London, ISBN 0-8191-9114-0,
January 1994. Now available on-line at the University of
Pennsylvania. Second editiion (re-issue)
iUniverse, May 2004.
- 1994 Review of The Making of
the Messiah, by Robert Sheaffer, Humanist
- 1994 Review of Practical
Ethics, 2nd edition, by Peter Singer; in Philosophical Books,
35, No. 4, October, 1994.
- 1995 Euthanasia: the debate
continues, co-authored with Richard Dunstan, published by the Institute
of Practical Philosophy,
- 1996 Review of A Philosophical Testament, by Marjorie Grene, in Canadian Philosophical Journal.
- 1995 "The Book of
Job" a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
- 1996 "Beckett's Godot: A
Bundle of Broken Mirrors" for the North American Beckett Festival, at
the University of Victoria, now a chapter in The Beckett Papers, published
by University of Victoria press.
- 1997 Web master for all IPP
- 1998 "Nursing a Healthy
Skepticism," paper presented at workshop on Health Care, Feb. 1998.
- 1998 editor, "Myth and the
Meaning of Life" and "Where to Look for God" by Dr. John
Crane, as part of the Institute
of Practical Philosophy
- Editor of the Chapbook series
for the Institute of Practical
- 1998 review of Perspectives
on Power by Noam Chomsky, in Humanist in Canada, Autumn 1998, No. 126.
- 1999 "Three Day Job,"
short story in Platte Valley Review, Spring 1999.
- 2000 "Lost and
Found," short story in Platte Valley Review,
Spring 2000 issue.
- 2000 "Billy," short
story in Platte Valley Review, Winter 2000 issue.
- 2004 "Billy" reprinted in Humanist
- 2005 "Most Canadians want
Assisted Suicide Legalized" in Assisted Suicide: Current
Controversies, Greenhaven Press, USA.
- 2006 Redneck,
a selection of short stories.
complete list of publications
- 1967 "Albert Camus: the
Absurd Hero," South Western
Oregon Community College
- 1968 "Literary
Interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount," South
Community College Lecture
- 1971 "Julius Caesar: the
Politics of Love," Gresham
Lecture at the Institute of Renaissance
Studies, Ashland, Oregon.
- 1974 "I Gotta Use Words When I Talk to You," lecture for Simon
- 1976 "Speech Acts," Malaspina College
- 1979 "What is
College Philosophy Club.
- 1979 "Don't Eat the Menu,"
College Faculty Lecture.
- 1980 "Camus and the
Absurd," a sermon for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
- 1986 "Obligation, Anarchy,
and the B.C. Lions," MCFA Lecture Series on political philosophy.
- 1988 "The Book of
Job," lecture for the Humanists in Canada,
- 1988 "Abortion
Debate," UBC, June, 1988.
- 1988 Vancouver
Trustees Seminar: panel member
- 1989 "Deconstructing
Pretense: The Irrelevant Curriculum," Malaspina
College Lecture Series.
- 1990 "Physcians,
Patients, and Paternalism," a paper delivered at Nanaimo
and Regional Hospital
for the Medical Society professional development program.
- 1991 "Julius Caesar: the
politics of love" - invited lecturer at the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival, Institute
of Renaissance Studies.
- 1992 "King Lear:
Atheism, Theism, and Shakespeare's Deeper Vision" - invited panelist
at the Oregon Shakespeare
Festival in Portland, Oregon.
- 1992 "The Ethics of Ethics
Committees," invited panelist at a general forum for the Nanaimo
and Regional Hospital,
- 1994 "Descartes'
Meditations" a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
- 1995 "Morality and the
Book of Job" a lecture for the Liberal Studies class.
- 1995 "On Reading the
Bible" a sermon for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
- 1996 "Beckett's Godot:
A Bundle of Broken Mirrors" for the North American Beckett Festival,
at the University of Victoria.
the Beckett paper click here.
1997 "Matthew's Jesus - and Moses" public
1998 Nursing a Healthy Skepticism invited speaker for health care
1998 "Metaphors be with you . . . comments
on Matthew and Revelation" public lecture.
1999 "Civil Liberties and the Mental
Health Act" invited speaker Port
Alberni mental health association.
2000 "Religious Naturalism" a sermon
for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
2001 "Descartes' Dream" invited
speaker for the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.
2001 "Fact and Fiction" the Spanish
Civil War and For Whom the Bell
2001 "Descartes' Dream: Mind, matter, and
mathematics" lecture for Liberal Studies at Malaspina
2001 "Euthanasia: religion, law,
morality" invited speaker for the Bowen
2002 "What can philosophy do,
for Heaven's sake?" sermon for the Unitarians of Nanaimo.
2003 “What Matters?” lecture for the
2004 “Good, God, and Nietzsche”
lecture for the philosophy club.
2005 “Big Bro' is watching!
- a philosopher's Blog
2007 Billy - short story
2010 Insects & Robots -
quirky radio show.
2012 Tell Me a Story
- sermon for the Unitarians of Nanaimo.
2014 Camus Lecture
2015 Book of Job – seminars for
the Clemente class.
updated October 24, 2016.