I am an Associate Professor in the Monash Philosophy department.
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.
My latest research has focused on theories of virtue and the Cartesian passions in early modern women’s philosophy, as well as the concept of republican liberty and connections between political slavery and marriage in early modern feminist thought. I am also interested in the history of women’s rights in relation to freedom and virtue.
Together with Karen Green, I am currently organising the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPh), to be held at Monash Caulfield, Melbourne, 7-10 July 2016.
My latest book is The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue (OUP). Here’s a Google preview.
My other books include Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (CUP, 2002), A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (with Karen Green; CUP, 2009), and a modern edition of Astell’s The Christian Religion (CRRS & Iter, 2013).
I teach the following units: Life, Death and Morality (ATS1371); Descartes-Foundations of Modern European Philosophy (ATS2863); Stoic and Epicurean Philosophy (ATS3885).