Orca Richard Curtis, PhD
Philosopher | Theologian | Educator | Activist
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Richard Curtis, PhD

Current Academic Appointments (as of Fall 2012)

Philosophy Instructor - Seattle Central Community College, Humanities & Social Science Division

Political Science Instructor - Seattle Central Community College, Correspondence Division

Managing Editor - Presencing EPIS: A Scientific Journal of Applied Phenomenology & Psychoanalysis (the theoretical journal of the Existenial and Psychoanalytic Institute of Seattle)

Contributing Editor - Islamic Perspective (Journal of the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Tehran)

Education
Ph.D. Religion (Philosophy of Religion and Theology)
Dissertation title "Homo religiosus Spinning a Narrative Self: Insights from the Study of Religion for an Understanding of the Self As Historical Development"
School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, January 2006
Committee: Dr. Frederick Sontag (Pomona College, Philosophy)
Dr. Philip Clayton (Claremont School of Theology)
Dr. Patrick Horn (Claremont Graduate University, Religion)
 
M.A. Religious Studies (emphasis: Liberation Theology and Jewish Philosophy)
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, August 1991
Thesis Title: "On Walter Benjamin, Conscientization, and the Role of the Working Class Intellectual"
Committee: Dr. Ira Chernus (Religious Studies)
Dr. Lynn Ross- Bryant (Religious Studies)
Dr. David Gross (History)
 
B.A. Philosophy and Psychology (double major)
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, May 1987

Areas of Specialization

Philosophy of Religion
Continental Philosophy
Liberation Theology

Areas of Competence

Introductory Philosophy
Logic and Critical Thinking
Introduction to Religious Studies, World Religions, Social Science and Religion
Western Religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (History, Philosophy, Sacred Texts)
Philosophy of the Human Person
Ethics
Political Theology
Philosophy of Mind
19th Century Philosophy and Theology Political Theory

Publications

"What is Spirituality? Insights from Religious Studies and Humanistic Psychology," in Reclaiming the Sane Society, edited by Robert Lake, Seyed Javad Miri and Tricia Kress (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2014): 101-116.

"What is Spirituality? An Overview for Existentially Inclined Psychotherapists," in Presencing EPIS, Vol. 1, 2012

"Faith and Science: Juan Luís Segundo On Religion and Science," in Social Theory, Religion and Critical Discourses: Critical Theory in the Postmodern Globe, edited by Seyed Javad Miri (Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Press, 2011), 552-568.

"The Evolution of Consciousness and the Role of Religion," in Social Theory, Religion and Critical Discourses: Critical Theory in the Postmodern Globe, edited by Seyed Javad Miri (Koln, Germany: Lambert Academic Press, 2011), 479-498.

Reasonable Perspectives on Religion (editor), (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010).

"Worldview is the Brain’s Operating System" in Reasonable Perspectives on Religion, edited by Richard Curtis, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), 1-16.

"Faith and Science: Juan Luís Segundo On Religion and Science," Islamic Perspective, Volume 4, 2010, 54-72.

"Homo religiosus Spinning a Web of Narrative Self," Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy [formerly "Sophia"], Volume 37, Number 1, 2008.

"What is Religion? On the Nature of the Human Mind and the Role of Religion (With or Without God), (Seattle: Dialectical Publishers, 2007).

"Process via Marx: Marx’s Potential Contribution to Whiteheadian Social Theory," Process Studies, Volume 32.1 (2003): 106-120

Review of Alexander Saxton, Religion and the Human Prospect (NY: Monthly Review Press, 2006) in Socialism and Democracy (forthcoming in 2007, Issue 44, Volume 21, Number 2)

"Process via Marx: Marx’s Potential Contribution to Whiteheadian Social Theory," Process Studies, Volume 32.1 (2003): 106-120

"The Essence of Religion: Homo Religiosus in a Dialectical Material World," Nature, Society, and Thought, Volume 11, Number 3 (1998): 311-330

"Dialogue on Radicalism and the Left," with Angela Y. Davis and Joy James, Radical Philosophy Review, Volume1, Issue 1 (1998): 1-16

Review of: Norbert Bolz and Willem van Reijen, translated by Laimdota Mazzarins, Walter Benjamin (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996) in Radical Philosophy Review of Books, Issue 14 (1997): 32-34

Conference Presentations

"The Ontology of Me: Neuroscience Meets Phenomenology" at the Annual Meeting of the Existential and Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, Missoula, MT, 2014

"What is Spirituality - An Overview of Basic Concepts" 2013 Annual Meeting of the Pacific North-West Regional Division of the American Academy of Religion, Seattle, WA, 2013

"The Evolution of Consciousness: On the Universality of Religion," 2008 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association/Radical Philosophy Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2008. (I was also the chair of this session)

"Artificial Enemies: Straussian Lies and the so-called War on Terror," 2008 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association/Society for the Philosophical Study of Marxism, Philadelphia, PA, 2008. (I was the chair of this session as well)

"The Liberation of Religion: Outlines of a Humanistic Reconstruction of Religion," 2002 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association /Gandhi-King Society, Philadelphia, PA, 2002

"Faith and Science: Juan Luís Segundo and the Relationship Between Religion and Science," 2002 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association/Society for the Philosophical Study of Marxism, Philadelphia, PA, 2002

"On Walter Benjamin, Conscientization, and the Role of the Working Class Intellectual," 6th Conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers, Havana, Cuba, 1991

"Psychology and Religion: A Radical Critique," 1987 Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association Western Region, Albuquerque, NM, 1987

Awards

Nominee, American Philosophical Association Article Prize for Younger Scholars, 2005
Winner, American Academy of Religion Western Region Graduate Student Paper Contest, 2000

Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association
American Academy of Religion
Radical Philosophy Association
Society for the Philosophical Study of Marxism

Teaching Appointments

Seattle Central Community College, Political Science Instructor for one Correspondence Course through Distance Learning, 2012 to present
Seattle Central Community College, Instructor of Philosophy, 2005 to present
Seattle Central Community College, Philosophy Instructor for two Correspondence Courses through Distance Learning, 2009 to present
Cornish College of the Arts, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, 2007 to 2009
Shoreline Community College, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2006-2007, and 2010
Green River Community College, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2005-2006
Seattle University, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, 2003-2006

Teaching Assistantships

University of Colorado, Religious Studies, Religious Studies Department, 1989-1991
(graduate teaching assistant responsible for one recitation section, tuition remediation)

University of Colorado, Psychology Department, 1986-1987
(undergraduate teaching assistant responsible for one recitation section, senior level course credit)

Courses Developed and Taught (Details listed separately)

Junior Level
Ethics

Sophomore Level
Philosophy of the Human Person
Philosophical Issues in World Affairs
Comparative Religion
Philosophy of Religion
Marxist Philosophy Examined

Freshman Level
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking
Reasoning in Everyday Life
Contemporary Moral Problems
Symbolic Logic
Integrated Studies (basically critical thinking combined with the writing class below)
Writing Analysis (First Year College Writing)
The Modern World (Political Science)

Administrative and Volunteer Activities

Associate Editor, International Journal of Climate Change, 2014 to present
Review Editor, Critical Research on Religion, 2012 to present
Managing Editor, Presencing EPIS (Journal of the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute of Seattle), 2012 to present
Textbook Reviewer, College Open Textbooks Collaborative, 2012
Manuscript Editor for Islamic Perspective, 2011 - present
Faculty Advisor to Social Alternative student group, Seattle Central Community College, 2009 – 2011
Founding President, School of Religion Student Council, Claremont Graduate University, 2000
Editor, School of Religion Student Council Newsletter, Claremont Graduate University, 2000
Member, City of Longmont (CO), Board of Adjustment and Appeal, 1997-1998
Rescuer, Diver, Editor, Boulder Emergency Squad, 1989-95
Student Liaison from the University of Colorado Student Union to the Vice-Chancellor for Administration’s Office, 1988-1989

Non-Academic Professional Experience

1992-1998 worked as an Office Manager and Full-Charge Bookkeeper