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 University of Aberdeen in January 2013, where I am currently Head of Philosophy.
I work primarily on the history of philosophy, particularly Spinoza and Kant, and its relationship to recent continental philosophy.
I am currently working on a monograph on Spinoza and equality, based on research undertaken in the AHRC project Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture for which I was Principal Investigator (2013-16). The project focused on the connection between Spinoza's concept of equality and architectural theory, drawing on a shared notion of proportion. Our aim was to investigate this distinctive way of thinking about equality, and to consider how it can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the built environment. An edited book based on the project, Spinoza's Philosophy of Ratio, was published by Edinburgh University Press (2018).
I am director of the Spinoza Research Network, an interdisciplinary group of over 200 Spinoza researchers worldwide. I also do occasional interdisciplinary research on philosophy and museums.
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
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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