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.
My latest book is The Philosophy of Mary Astell: An Early Modern Theory of Virtue (Oxford University Press). For a “Snapshot” article on Mary Astell by me, see this recent issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine.
My other books include Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2002), A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2009; with Karen Green), a co-edited volume Virtue, Liberty, and Toleration (Springer, 2007; with Karen Green), and a modern edition of Astell’s The Christian Religion (CRRS & Iter, 2013).
Together with Karen Detlefsen (Penn), I am currently working on Women and Liberty, 1600-1800: Philosophical Essays, an edited volume for Oxford University Press. I am also preparing a two-volume collection of the correspondence of women philosophers of early modern England, under contract with Oxford University Press’s New Histories of Philosophy series.