Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator
My main area of research is early modern philosophy. My particular area of specialization is the philosophy of John Locke and the early modern empiricists. I am also very interested in the philosophical work of 17th and 18th century women thinkers, especially the work of Catharine Trotter Cockburn.
B.A, History and Political Science, McGill University
B.A. Honours, Philosophy, McGill University
M.A., Philosophy, Concordia University
PhD Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
- The Philosophical Works of Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Edited, with notes and introduction, by Patricia Sheridan. Broadview Press, June 2006
- John Locke: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Patricia Sheridan.London: Continuum Publishing, 2010.
- "Resisting the Scaffold: Self-Preservation and the Limits of Obligation in Hobbes's Leviathan" in Hobbes Studies, Volume 24, no. 2 (forthcoming August 2011).
- "Parental affection and self-interest: Mandeville, Hutcheson and the question of natural benevolence” in History of Philosophy Quarterly Volume 24, no. 4, October 2007:pp. 377-392.
- "The Metaphysical Morality of Francis Hutcheson: A Consideration of Hutcheson's Critique of Moral Fitness Theory" in Sophia, (2007) 46: pp. 261-273.
- "Reflection, Nature and Moral Law: The Extent of Cockburn's Lockeanism in Her Defence of Mr. Locke's Essay" in Hypatia Volume 22, no. 3, Summer 2007: pp.133-151.
- "Pirates, Kings and Reasons to Act: Moral Motivation and the Role of Sanctions in Locke's Moral Theory" in Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 37, Number 1, March 2007: pp.35-48.
- "Catharine Trotter Cockburn" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: plato.stanford.edu/entries/cockburn/
- "John Locke's Moral Philosophy" in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming)
Work in Progress
- "What do Atheists Know? Descartes's account of knowledge and certainty in the Meditations"
- "The 'Moral Sense' in Cockburn and Hutcheson"