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.
"Catharine Trotter Cockburn on Virtue, Happiness, and Good Will" for The Routledge Handbook of Women and Early Modern European Philosophy, eds. Karen Detlefsen and Lisa Shapiro. Under contract with Routledge.
"Locke and Catharine Trotter Cockburn" for The Lockean Mind, eds. Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. Under contract with Routledge.
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.