- Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
He specializes in early modern philosophy and, in particular, the philosophy of John Locke and Robert Boyle. His Australian Research Council project focused on ‘The nature and status of principles in early modern philosophy’, including principles in natural philosophy, logic, and moral philosophy. He is also researching early modern experimental philosophy and runs a blog Early Modern Experimental Philosophy based at the University of Otago. He is currently editing (with Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins) John Locke: Writings on Natural Philosophy and Medicine for the Clarendon edition of Locke’s Works. His authored and edited books include John Locke and Natural Philosophy (Oxford 2011), The Philosophy of Robert Boyle (Routledge 2000), Experiment, Speculation and Religion in Early Modern Philosophy (Routledge 2019), The Idea of Principles in Early Modern Thought: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge 2017), and The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford 2013).
I work mainly in the field of early modern philosophy.