Patricia Sheridan | College of Arts

Patricia Sheridan

Associate Professor
Phone number: 
MacKinnon 335

I have been a faculty member in the Philosophy Department at Guelph since 2002, after completing my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.

I am interested in working with graduate students on projects involving early modern philosophy, historical women philosophers, and the history of ethics.

I work on thinkers and issues in the early modern period (the 17th and 18th centuries). My interests are varied, but I'm chiefly interested in early modern women philosophers, John Locke, and moral philosophy in the early modern period. I have recently been interested in the concept of virtue in  Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Anne Conway, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell,  as well as in John Locke.  I have been interested in tracing the development of the idea of virtue through the period as well as examining the role accorded to the passions, in many early modern thinkers, as forming the virtuous agent.

I am currently a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded partnership grant Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy, headed by Professor Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University), with twelve partner institutions worldwide.