I obtained my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2004. From 2004 to 2012 I worked in the Philosophy Department at the University of Dundee. I joined the Aberdeen Philosophy Department in January 2013.
I work primarily on the history of philosophy, particularly Spinoza and Kant, and its relationship to recent continental philosophy.
I am Principal Investigator on the three-year AHRC project Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture. The project focuses on the connection between Spinoza's concept of equality and architectural theory - a connection that is made through a shared notion of proportion. Our aim is to investigate this distinctive way of thinking about equality, and consider how can it can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the built environment. My current work is focused on distinguishing Spinoza's concept of equality from standard moral and political senses of that term, and on understanding how equality functions in Spinoza's metaphysical, ethical, and political works. Please see the project website for information about the project, the team, and upcoming events.
I am director of the Spinoza Research Network, an interdisciplinary group of over 200 Spinoza researchers worldwide.
I also do interdisciplinary research on philosophy and museums: I recently held a research fellowship with the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum, London.
2013-16: AHRC Standard Research Grant for Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture
2012-13: Research Fellowship with the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum, London
2008-10: AHRC Networks Grant for the Spinoza Research Network
Interview on New APPS blog
"Spinoza" episode on Ideas, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2012
“Spinoza’s Atheist God”, interview on The Philosophers’ Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2011
“Spinoza and the role of fictions in religion, law, and society”, public event on Spinoza’s Atheist God, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney; radio broadcast on Big Ideas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2011