I am an Assistant Professor in Philosophy based at the University of Durham. I am interested in issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind in early modern and nineteenth-century philosophy.
I spend a lot of my time working on uncovering forgotten figures in the history of philosophy (James Ward, Charles Renouvier, and Clarisse Coignet, to name a few), but I have recently been focusing my research on the more well known philosophers William James and Hegel. I am writing a book on William James and the relationship between his metaphysics and his pragmatism, and I hope to finish that relatively soon. I am also writing a book on habit in the history of philosophy (from Descartes to Dewey), which will no doubt take a lot longer.
My previous research focused on the reception of Leibnizian Metaphysics and attempts to defend and redevelop the monadology after the Kantian revolution. I have co-edited a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy focusing on this topic (with Pauline Phemister). I have also co-authored a monograph Idealism: The History of a Philosophy, Routledge (with Iain Hamilton Grant and Sean Watson)
Before coming to work at Durham, I held a Levehulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Chicago's Commitee on Social Thought, and an Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.