The Program in History of Philosophy

The Program is a centre for research in the history of philosophy from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. It hosts research visitors, organizes conferences and workshops, and is a centre for graduate students in the history of philosophy.


Funded Research Projects

  • ARC Discovery Grant (2010–12) ““The rise of empiricism and the attempt to produce a unified understanding of the world, 1680-1750” (Stephen Gaukroger and Anik Waldow)
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2009–12) “The God of Hegel's Post-Kantian Idealism” (Paul Redding and Paolo Diego Bubbio).
  • ARC Professorial Fellow 2006-2010: ‘George Eliot: Literature as Experimental Philosophy’ (Moira Gatens)
  • ARC Professorial Fellow 2004-8: ‘The persona of the philosopher in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ (Stephen Gaukroger)
  • ‘The emergence of a scientific culture in early modern Europe’ (Stephen Gaukroger)
  • ‘Idealism and the objectivity of norms and values: a neglected path from the eighteenth century’ (Paul Redding)
  • ‘Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Historical Norms of Rationality’ (Paul Redding)

Recent books

  • Anik Waldow, David Hume and the Problem of Other Minds, (London: Continuum Books, 2009).
  • Moira Gatens, (with G. Lloyd) Collective Imaginings: Spinoza Past and Present, (London: Routledge, 1999)
  • Stephen Gaukroger, The Emergence of a Scientific Culture, 1210-1685 (Oxford: OUP, 2006)
  • ________, ed., The Blackwell Guide to Descartes’ Meditations (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006)
  • ________, ed. (with Ian Hunter and Conal Condren), The Philosopher in Early-Modern Europe (Cambridge: CUP, 2006)
  • ________, Descartes’ System of Natural Philosophy (Cambridge: CUP, 2002)
  • ________, Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy (Cambridge: CUP, 2001)
  • ________, ed. (with John Schuster and John Sutton), Descartes’ Natural Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2000)
  • Paul Redding, The Logic of Affect (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999)
  • ________, Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
  • ________, Continental Idealism: Leibniz to Nietzsche (London: Routledge, 2009).

Conferences and workshops

Spinoza, politico-theology and the notion of authority
18 July 2006, University of Sydney.

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