Teaching

                    Current Students

Michael Veldman. PhD. Proposal in progress.

 

Qiu Lin. PhD. ABD.

Dissertation title: "John Locke and Émilie du Châtelet on the Epistemology of Space"

John Hanson. PhD. ABD.

Dissertation title: The Darkened Eye of the Intellect: Descartes on Mental Representation.

Co-advisor Sam Newlands. 

Former Students


 

Monica Solomon. PhD. 2017.
Dissertation title: On the Interactions between Mathematics and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: the Case of Mathematical Forces. 

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

Pablo Ruiz de Olano. PhD. 2016.

Dissertation title: Epistemic Values in Theoretical Physics: Symmetries, Conservation Laws, and the Strong Nuclear Interaction.

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. 


Ryan Dominguez. Senior thesis. 2013/14. 
 


Shannon Hughes. Senior thesis. 2012/13.

Winner of the Philosophy Department’s Dockweiler medal for best senior thesis in philosophy.
 


Julie Brauer. Senior thesis. 2012/13. 
 


Kristina Sault. Senior thesis. 2009/10.

Joint winner of the Philosophy Department’s Dockweilter medal for best senior thesis in philosophy.
 


Beata Aldridge. Senior thesis. 2008/09.

Classes

Spring 2021

Natural philosophy from Descartes to Kant (PHIL590S)

 

Fall 2020

History of modern philosophy (PHIL201)

Co-taught with Qiu Lin.

Dissertation seminar (PHIL797)

Spring 2020

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science (PHIL541S)

Core seminar of the HPSTM graduate certificate program.

Co-taught with Jennifer Jhun

 

Problems in Philosophy of Science (PHIL242S)

An introduction to some topics in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

Fall 2019

Problems in Philosophy of Science (PHIL242)

An introduction to some topics in philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.

Co-taught with Felipe De Brigard.

 

Dissertation seminar (PHIL797)

Spring 2019

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science (PHIL541S)

Core seminar of the HPSTM graduate certificate program. Co-taught with Andrew Janiak. 

 

Methodology of the Empirical Sciences: Newton's Principia (PHIL633S)

With George Smith's 

Newton Lectures livecast from Tufts.

Fall 2018

Problems in natural philosophy from Descartes to Kant (PHIL590S)

 

Focus: space, time and matter.

 

Issues include: questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and methodology, and we will cover such topics as absolute versus relative space and time, laws of nature, causality, determinism, and the nature and properties of bodies.

 

Main characters: Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Du Châtelet, Euler, d'Alembert.

 

Supporting cast includes: Spinoza, Locke, Malebranche, Wolff, Berkeley, Maupertuis, Hume, Kant. 

Contact information
Email: katherine.brading@duke.edu

Address: Department of Philosophy
201 West Duke Building
Campus Box 90743
Durham, NC 27708 U.S.A

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