Dr Emily Thomas
(email at email@example.com)
Term-time office hours: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15pm, and Thursdays 3-5pm.
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 earlier work was supported by a Veni research grant from the Netherlands Research Council, a stipend from the John Templeton Foundation, and a Rising Star grant from the British Academy.
Over the last few years I’ve become fascinated by the philosophy of travel. What's involved in travel? What is a map? What can travel teach philosophy, and how has philosophy affected travel? My popular book on these issues is forthcoming in spring 2020 with Oxford University Press.
Recently I’ve begun a new research project, into early twentieth century metaphysics of time. Does the present moment move? Is the future real? Does time have a direction? At the turn of the twentieth century, why did British philosophers become so worried about these questions? From 2020, this work will be supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellows grant.
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 sit on editorial or advisory boards for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, the International Association for the Philosophy of Time, and the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers. At Durham, I am a Senior Fellow of University "Castle" College. For my popular books I am represented by United Agents.
For further information about my research and media work, see my personal website www.emilythomaswrites.co.uk
You can also listen to me talking about Bergson and time on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, and follow me on twitter @emilytwrites
- Knowledge & Reality
- Modern Philosophy I
- MA Philosophical Perspectives
Administration Roles (2019-2020)
- Tutor Manager
- DELTA Co-ordinator
- Director, History of Philosophy Research Cluster (Michaelmas)
- Space and time
- Early modern metaphysics
- Nineteenth & twentieth century metaphysics
- Women in the history of philosophy
- Philosophy of travel
- Pictures in the history of philosophy
- Thomas, Emily (2018). Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics. Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Thomas, Emily (2018). Anne Conway on the Identity of Creatures over Time. In Early Modern Women on Metaphysics. Thomas, Emily Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
- Thomas, Emily (2017). Creation, Divine Freedom, and Catharine Cockburn: An Intellectualist on Possible Worlds and Contingent Laws. In Women and Liberty, 1600-1800. Oxford Oxford 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 (Accepted). Anne Conway as a Priority Monist: A Reply to Gordon-Roth. Journal of the American Philosophical Association
- Thomas, Emily (2019). The Idealism and Pantheism of May Sinclair. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 5(2): 137-157.
- Thomas, Emily (2019). The Roots of C. D. Broad’s Growing Block Theory of Time. Mind 128(510): 527-549.
- 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.