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Dr Emily Thomas
(email at email@example.com)
I’ve written a lot on space and time in early modern and early twentieth century philosophy. I’m also interested in lots of other metaphysical issues, including substance, change, motion, idealism, process, personal identity, and philosophy of religion. I like digging out the work of rich but under-studied figures, including women philosophers who have traditionally been neglected in the history of philosophy.
In 2018 I published two books: Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics (Oxford University Press) and Early Modern Women on Metaphysics (Cambridge University Press). My work has been supported by a Veni research grant from the Netherlands Research Council and a Rising Star grant from the British Academy.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about philosophical issues in travel. What is travel? What are maps? How has philosophy affected travel, and how has travel affected philosophy? I’m writing a book on this, for which I am represented by United Agents.
Previously, I studied for my PhD at the University of Cambridge (2013), and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Groningen (2013-2016). I am an editor for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and I sit on the Board of Advisors for the International Association for the Philosophy of Time. At Durham, I am a Senior Fellow of University "Castle" College.
For further information about my research and media work, see my personal website www.emilythomaswrites.co.uk
You can also follow me on twitter @emilytwrites
- Space and time
- Early modern metaphysics
- Early twentieth century metaphysics
- Women in the history of philosophy
- Philosophy of travel
- Thomas, Emily (2018). Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Thomas, Emily (Published). Creation, Divine Freedom, and Catharine Cockburn: An Intellectualist on Possible Worlds and Contingent Laws. In Women and Liberty, 1600-1800. Oxford University Press.
- Thomas, Emily (2018). Anne Conway on the Identity of Creatures over Time. In Early Modern Women on Metaphysics. Thomas, Emily Cambridge University Press.
- Thomas, Emily (2016). Samuel Alexander’s Spacetime God: A Naturalist Rival to Current Emergentist Theologies. In Alternative Concepts of God. Buckareff, Andrei A. & Nagasawa, Yujin Oxford: Oxford University Press. 255-273.
- Thomas, Emily (2018). Early Modern Women on Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press.
- Thomas, Emily (2018). The Roots of C. D. Broad’s Growing Block Theory of Time. Mind
- Thomas, Emily (2017). Time, Space, and Process in Anne Conway. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25(5): 990-1010.
- Thomas, Emily (2016). On the “Evolution” of Locke’s Space and Time Metaphysics. History of Philosophy Quarterly 33(4): 305-325.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). British Idealist Monadologies and the Reality of Time: Hilda Oakeley Against McTaggart, Leibniz, and Others. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23(6): 1150-1168.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Catharine Cockburn on Unthinking Immaterial Substance: Souls, Space, and Related Matters. Philosophy Compass 10(4): 255-263.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Henry More and the development of absolute time. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 54: 11-19.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Hilda Oakeley on Idealism, History and the Real Past. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23(5): 933-953.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). In Defense of Real Cartesian Motion. Journal of the History of Philosophy 53(4): 747-762.
- Thomas, Emily & Leech, Jessica (2013). Baking with Kant and Bradley. British Idealism and Collingwood Studies 19(1): 75-94.
- Thomas, Emily (2013). Catharine Cockburn on Substantival Space. History of Philosophy Quarterly 30(3): 195-214.
- Thomas, Emily (2013). Space, Time, and Samuel Alexander. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21(3): 549-569.