About Professor Stephen Gaukroger

Professor Stephen Gaukroger's research and supervision interests include: 17th and 18th century philosophy and science.

Professor Stephen Gaukroger's research is centred around a long-term project on the emergence and consolidation of a scientific culture in the West in the early modern era. He is presently working on the persona of the philosopher in the modern era, and on volume 2 of ‘Science and the Shaping of Modernity’: The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility, 1680-1750.

Selected publications

  • “The Role of Natural Philosophy in the Development of Locke’s Empiricism”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, forthcoming.
  • “Descartes: Life and Work”, in Janet Broughton and John Carriero, eds., The Blackwell Companion to Descartes (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming 2007).
  • “Knowledge, Evidence, and Method”, in Donald Rutherford, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 39-66.
  • “Spinoza’s Physics”, in Michael Hampe and Robert Schnepf, eds, Klassiker Auslegen: Spinozas Ethik (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2006), 123-32.
  • “The Persona of the Natural Philosopher” in C. Condren, S. Gaukroger and I. Hunter, eds, The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 17-34.
  • “Science, Religion and Modernity”, Critical Quarterly 47/4 (2005), 1-31.
  • “The Autonomy of Natural Philosophy: From Truth to Impartiality”, in Peter Anstey and John Schuster, eds, The Science of Nature in the Seventeenth Century (Dordrecht & New York: Springer, 2005), 131-64.
  • “Francis Bacon” in Steven Nadler, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002): 298-307.
  • ”The Hydrostatic Paradox and the Foundations of Cartesian Dynamics” (with John Schuster), Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 33A (2002): 535-72.
  • “The Foundational Role of Hydrostatics and Statics in Descartes’ Natural Philosophy” in S. Gaukroger, J. Schuster, and J. Sutton, eds., Descartes’ Natural Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2000): 60-80.
  • “The Resources of a Mechanist Physiology and the Problem of Goal-Directed Processes”, in S. Gaukroger, J. Schuster, and J. Sutton, eds., Descartes’ Natural Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2000): 383-400.
  • “The Role of Matter Theory in Baconian and Cartesian Cosmologies”, Perspectives on Science 8 (2000): 201-22.
  • “‘Beyond Reality’: Nietzsche’s Science of Appearances,” in B. E. Babich & R. S. Cohen (eds.), Nietzsche, Theories of Knowledge, and Critical Theory (Nietzsche and the Sciences I) Dordrecht: Kluwer (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science vol. 203), 1999: 37-49.
  • “Justification, Truth, and the Development of Science”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 29A (1998): 97-112.
  • “The Ten Modes of Aenesidemus and the Myth of Ancient Scepticism,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 3 (1995): 371-87.
  • “The Sources of Descartes’ Procedure of Deductive Demonstration in Metaphysics and Natural Philosophy,” in J. Cottingham (ed), Reason, Will and Sensation: Studies in Cartesian Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994): 47-60.
  • “Descartes: Methodology,” in G. H. R. Parkinson (ed), The Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol 4: The Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Rationalism (London: Routledge, 1993): 167-200.
  • “The Nature of Abstract Reasoning: Philosophical Aspects of Descartes’ Work in Algebra,” in J. Cottingham (ed), Cambridge Companion to Descartes, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992: 91-114.
  • “Descartes' Early Doctrine of Clear and Distinct Ideas,” Journal of the History of Ideas 53 (1992): 585-602.
  • “Theories of Meaning and Literary Theory,” in R. Freadman and L. Reinhardt (eds), On Literary Theory and Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Encounter (London: Macmillan, 1991): 162-183.
  • “Experiment and the Molecularity of Meaning,” in H. Le Grand (ed), Experimental Enquiries (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1990): 193-213.
  • “Descartes’ Conception of Inference,” in R. Woolhouse (ed), Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Dordrecht: Reidel, 1988): 101-32.
  • “Romanticism and Decommodification: Marx’s Conception of Socialism,” Economy and Society 15 (1986): 287-333.
  • “Vico and the Maker’s Knowledge Principle,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (1986): 29-44.
  • “The Metaphysics of Impenetrability: Euler’s Conception of Force,” British Journal for the History of Science 15 (1982): 132 54.
  • “The One and the Many: Aristotle on the Individuation of Numbers,” Classical Quarterly N.S. 32 (1982): 312-22.
  • “Aristotle on the Function of Sense Perception,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 12 (1981): 75-89.
  • “Descartes’ Project for a Mathematical Physics,” in S. Gaukroger (ed), Descartes: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics (Hassocks: Harvester Press, 1980): 97-140.
  • “Aristotle on Intelligible Matter,” Phronesis 25 (1980): 187-197.
  • “Bachelard and the Problem of Epistemological Analysis,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 7 (1976): 189-244.