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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


College Fellow

Fellow, Corpus Christi College

Research interests: Hume's Treatise of Human Nature; history of philosophy of science from Descartes to Kant; reading and teaching natural and moral philosophies in the eighteenth century; philosophy and literature; general philosophy of science.


Selected publications

'Simple Perceptions in Hume's Treatise', New Essays on David Hume, edited by Emilio Mazza and Emanuele Ronchetti (Milan: F. Angeli, 2007): 37–54

Impressions of Hume, co-edited with P.J.E. Kail (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

'Belief and Animal Spirits in Hume's Treatise', Eighteenth-Century Thought 1 (2003): 151–169

Space and the Self in Hume's 'Treatise' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback 2002)

'Hume on Sense Impressions and Objects', History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives, edited by Michael Heidelberger and Friedrich Stadler, Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 9 (2001): 13–24

Books and the Sciences in History, co-edited with Nick Jardine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

'The Science and Conversation of Human Nature', The Sciences in Enlightened Europe, edited by William Clark, Jan Golinski and Simon Schaffer (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999): 218–245

'Splendours and Miseries of the Science Wars', with Nick Jardine, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 28 (1997): 219–235