I’m an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Florida. My research focuses on early modern European philosophy, in particular on the history of discussions of materialism. The project began by looking at the materialist philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, and the reactions of other modern philosophers to Hobbes’s views. As the project has developed, I’ve been looking more at Leibniz’s criticisms of materialism, and at the work of other early modern materialists, such as John Toland and Margaret Cavendish.
Email: sdrd at ufl dot edu for UF things, sdrduncan at gmail dot com for everything else
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- “Hobbes on Language: Propositions, Truth, and Absurdity”, forthcoming in A.P. Martinich and K. Hoekstra (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Hobbes
- Debates in Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses (Routledge, 2013), edited with Antonia LoLordo
- “Leibniz’s Mill Arguments Against Materialism”, Philosophical Quarterly 62 (2012): 250-72.
- “Debating Materialism: Cavendish, Hobbes, and More”, History of Philosophy Quarterly 29 (2012): 391-409.
- “Toland, Leibniz, and Active Matter”, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6 (2012): 249-78.
- “Hobbes, Signification, and Insignificant Names”, Hobbes Studies 24 (2011): 158-178.