Project Director

Robert Pasnau

Robert Pasnau

Project Director
Robert Pasnau is Professor of Philosophy at CU-Boulder. He is the editor of the two-volume Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (2010) and the annual Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy . His 2002 monograph, Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature (Cambridge UP), won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize. Over the last decade, his interests have increasingly shifted toward the later medieval period, and its relationship to the seventeenth century. His most...

Faculty

Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown

Faculty
Deborah Brown is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on Descartes and his scholastic antecedents. She is the author of Descartes and the Passionate Mind (Cambridge UP, 2006), as well as many scholarly articles.
Edwin Curley

Edwin Curley

Faculty
Edwin Curley, before his retirement in 2010, was the James B. and Grace J. Nelson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. He has received numerous grants from the NEH and other institutions, including a Guggenheim, he is a past-president of the American Philosophical Association, and he has published important books on Descartes and Spinoza. He is currently completing the authoritative English translation of Spinoza’s collected works.
Daniel Garber

Daniel Garber

Faculty
Daniel Garber is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has led NEH Summer Seminars on multiple occasions. He is the co-editor of the Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy , and has published important monographs on Descartes and Leibniz.
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Peter King

Faculty
Peter King is Professor of Philosophy and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of dozens of influential articles on medieval philosophy, and has published translations of the work of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.
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Christia Mercer

Faculty
Christia Mercer is the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She has won fellowships from, inter alia, the NEH, the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is the author of Leibniz’s Metaphysics (Cambridge UP, 2001), is the North American editor of the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie , and the general editor of the major series Oxford Philosophical Concepts . She has in...
Calvin Normore

Calvin Normore

Faculty
Calvin Normore is Professor of Philosophy at UCLA. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and the author of many influential articles on medieval and early modern philosophy, and their intersection.
Alison Simmons

Alison Simmons

Faculty
Alison Simmons is Harvard College Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She has published a series of influential papers on Descartes and other early modern figures, and is particularly interested in the scholastic antecedents to seventeenth-century philosophy.

Summer Scholars

Andrew Arlig

Andrew Arlig

Andrew teaches at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in medieval metaphysics, with a current focus on medieval theories of parts and wholes (i.e. mereology ). In addition to several scholarly papers on medieval mereology and theories of identity, Andrew has contributed two overviews of the subject, one in Springer's Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy and the other in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He has been interviewed by...
colin chamberlain

Colin Chamberlain

Colin Chamberlain is an assistant professor of philosophy at Temple University. His research focuses on early modern philosophy and in particular Descartes’s and Malebranche’s views on the nature of the self and its embodiment. Before moving to Temple in 2014, he was a graduate student at Harvard University.
Brian Embry

Brian Embry

Brian Embry is a graduate student at the University of Toronto. His research is on the notion of a truthmaker (verificativum) in early modern scholasticism. He's interested in the account of truthmaking behind early modern scholastic uses of "verificativum" and the ontological debates that this notion gives rise to. More generally, He is interested in metaphysics, medieval philosophy, and early modern philosophy, with a particular interest in the scholastic influence...
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Keota Fields

Keota Fields is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His research focuses on early modern theories of mental representation, particularly the work of Berkeley and more recently Hume. He has published a book and articles on the subject. He also has interests in contemporary epistemology and theories of consciousness.
Matthew Homan

Matthew Homan

Matthew Homan is originally from Long Island, NY. Now he lives on the Virginia Peninsula, where he teaches philosophy at Christopher Newport University. He’s especially interested in the history of philosophy. His research centers around Spinoza and early modern rationalism. For fun he likes hiking, backpacking, cooking, music, and, of late, birding.
Jeremy Hyman

Jeremy Hyman

Jeremy S Hyman is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Arkansas. He is currently writing a book, Discovering Bodies: Descartes on the Existence and Nature of Material Things. He also works on a variety of metaphysical issues in Locke and Boyle, and in Malebranche and Berkeley.
Kristin Irwin

Kristen Irwin

Kristen Irwin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University. Dr. Irwin's teaching and research interests include several philosophical topics in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including conceptions of reason and belief, the nature of faith, skepticism, philosophical theology (particularly the problem of evil), and theories of toleration. She has published pieces in Philosophy Compass , Studia Leibnitiana , The Modern Schoolman (now Res Philosophica ), Kriterion, and New Essays...
Julia Jorati

Julia Jorati

Julia Jorati is an assistant professor of philosophy at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on early modern philosophy and in particular on Gottfried Leibniz’s metaphysics and action theory. Jorati is currently writing a monograph about Leibniz’s views on causation and agency. Before moving to Ohio in 2013, she was a graduate student at Yale University.
Marcy Lascano

Marcy Lascano

Marcy P. Lascano is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University Long Beach. Her primary research is in early modern philosophical theology and metaphysics. Her published work includes “Emilie du Châtelet on the Existence and Nature of God: An Examination of Her Arguments in Light of Their Sources” in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19(4) 2011: 739–756, “Mary Astell on the Existence and Nature of God,”...
Huaping Lu-Adler

Huaping Lu-Adler

Huaping Lu-Adler is an assistant professor at Georgetown University. Her current research focuses on the history and philosophy of logic from Bacon to Kant. She has published numerous articles on that subject. She is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Kant's Theory of Logic.
David Marshall Miller

David Marshall Miller

David Marshall Miller is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. He is a historian and philosopher of science with special interests in the Scientific Revolution, scientific epistemology, and theory change. Miller is the author of Representing Space in the Scientific Revolution (Cambridge, 2014) and articles in venues such as Philosophy of Science and History of Science . He is now researching the emergence of scientific values in the...
Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin is an associate professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His research focuses on Spinoza’s metaphysics. He has published articles on consciousness, the ontology of essences, necessitarianism, and causation in Spinoza. He is currently at working on articles on Spinoza’s substance monism and a broader conception of causation in Spinoza. He expects to begin a book on Spinoza’s platonism next year.
Elliot Paul

Elliot Paul

Elliot Samuel Paul is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is writing a book in which he attempts to systematically re-interpret Descartes's theory of knowledge. In addition to Early Modern philosophy and epistemology, he is interested in philosophical issues surrounding creativity. From 2009-2011 he was Assistant Professor/Bersoff Faculty Fellow at NYU. He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Yale University.
Sydney Penner

Sydney Penner

Sydney Penner presently teaches philosophy at Asbury University. His research focuses on Francisco Suárez and other late scholastics. He has published papers on final causation, free will, and the metaphysics of relations. He is currently working on a translation of Suárez’s disputations on final causation and a paper on Suárez’s account of necessary efficient causes.
Alison Peterman

Alison Peterman

Alison Peterman received her PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University and her MS in physics from the University of Maryland in 2012. She has been an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester since then. Her area of specialization is 17th century natural philosophy, but she is also interested in philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and cognitive science. She is working at the moment on a study...
Lewis Powell

Lewis Powell

Lewis Powell is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University at Boulder, SUNY. His work focuses on early modern views about the nature of mind and language, particularly the views of David Hume, John Locke, and Thomas Reid. He founded the Society for Modern Philosophy and the Mod Squad group blog for modern philosophy.
Kristin Primus

Kristin Primus

Kristin Primus is currently a Bersoff Fellow at NYU and will be an assistant professor at Georgetown University starting in the fall of 2015. She works mostly in early modern philosophy, although she has research interests in the history and philosophy of mathematics, Kant, and post-Kantian German philosophy. She is currently working on a book on Spinoza and a few papers on neo-Fregean abstraction principles. She grew up in Gunnison,...
David Sanson

David Sanson

David Sanson is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, with research interests in contemporary and medieval metaphysics and the history of logic. He has published papers on presentism, the possibility of "junk", and the history of the liar paradox in medieval Arabic logic. He is currently working on papers on presentism, the history of the liar paradox in medieval Arabic logic, the nature of possible worlds, the ontology of...
Anat Schectman

Anat Schechtman

Anat Schechtman is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on seventeenth century philosophy and is concerned primarily with questions at the intersection of metaphysics, mathematics, and theology in the period. She is particularly interested in theories of substance, dependence, infinity, and being in the early modern period, focusing on Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, and Leibniz. Among other projects, she is currently working on various...
Anita Sherman

Anita Sherman

Anita Gilman Sherman is Associate Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D. C. She studies the intertwining of philosophy and theology characteristic of Renaissance skepticism, exploring its manifestation in literature. Her book, Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne (2007), examines the effects of skepticism on representations of memory, history and temporality in Shakespeare and Donne, arguing that in their hands the art of memory becomes an art...

Institute Assistants

philip choi

Philip Choi

Philip Choi is a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His interests lie in late medieval and early modern epistemology and metaphysics.
Tyler Huismann

Tyler Huismann

Tyler Huismann is a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, writing a dissertation under Bob Pasnau. His interests include causation and causal powers in late medieval philosophers, as well as late medieval and contemporary metaphysics more broadly.
Joey Stenberg

Joseph Stenberg

Joseph Stenberg is a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, writing a dissertation under the direction of Robert Pasnau on Aquinas's account of happiness. Although specializing in medieval philosophy, his research interests also extend into early modern philosophy.