Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department
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
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.
Current Research Projects
"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.
"Catharine Trotter Cockburn and John Locke: Virtue, Agency, and Happiness" for The Lockean Mind, eds. Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. Under contract with Routledge.