B.A. (UTas), Ph.D. (Monash, 2000)
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Monash University
My main area of specialisation is early modern philosophy (c. 1650-1750), with a particular focus on women philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am currently engaged in a large ARC-funded project on the seventeenth-century feminist philosopher, Mary Astell (1666-1731). As part of this project, I recently completed a modernised edition of Astell’s The Christian Religion as Profess’d by a Daughter of the Church of England for The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: Toronto series and Iter Publishing. This work is the most mature and comprehensive statement of Astell’s philosophical thought, containing her ontological and cosmological arguments for the existence of God, her rationalist arguments for the real distinction between mind and body, and a counter-argument to the Lockean view that God might endow matter with the power of thought. To complete my work for this edition, in September-October 2012, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. The title is now available for purchase here.
In 2013-14, I will be completing a monograph on the philosophy of Mary Astell (under contract with OUP). The purpose of this work is to examine Astell’s epistemology, theology, metaphysics, feminism, and politics from the point of view of her theory of virtue.
Together with Assoc. Prof. Karen Green and Assoc. Prof. Karen Detlefsen, I have recently begun an ARC-funded project on women and liberty in the early modern and enlightenment periods. The purpose of this project is to enhance our appreciation of women’s moral, metaphysical, and political ideas about freedom in this historical era. As part of our project, Karen Green and myself will be organising a Symposium for the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh), to be held at Monash University, Melbourne, in 2016.