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Department of Philosophy


Dr Jeremy Dunham

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy

Contact Dr Jeremy Dunham

I am interested in issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind in early modern and nineteenth-century philosophy.

I spend a lot of my time working on forgotten figures in the history of philosophy (James Ward, Charles Renouvier, and Clarisse Coignet, to name a few), but I have recently been doing a lot of research on the more well known philosophers William James and Hegel. I am writing a book on William James and the relationship between his metaphysics and his pragmatism, and I hope to finish that relatively soon. I am also writing a book on habit in the history of philosophy (from Descartes to Dewey), which will no doubt take a lot longer.

Before coming to work at Durham, I held a Levehulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Chicago's Commitee on Social Thought, and an Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

I am also the treasurer for the British Society for the History of Philosophy:

You can read more about my work at my website:

My Office Hours are 10am-1pm every Friday during term time. 

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Habit
  • Idealism
  • Nineteenth-Century French Philosophy
  • Pragmatism


Authored book

  • Dunham, J, Grant, I & Watson, S. (2014). Idealism: The History of a Philosophy. Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Dunham, J (2017). Leibniz et la philosophie français du XIXe siècle’. In Lire Leibniz. Vrin.
  • Dunham, J (2016). A Universal and Absolute Spiritualism: Maine de Biran’s Leibniz. In The Relationship between the Physical and Moral in Man: The Philosophy of Maine de Biran. Bloomsbury.

Edited book

  • Dunham, J & Phemister, P (2018). Monadologies. Routledge.

Journal Article

  • Dunham, J & Lawford-Smith, H. (2017). Offsetting Race Privilege. Journal of Ethics and Social Phiolosophy
  • Dunham, J (2015). From Habit to Monads: Félix Ravaisson’s Theory of Substance. British Journal for the History of Philosophy
  • Dunham, J (2015). Idealism, Pragmatism, and the Will to Believe: Charles Renouvier and William James. British Journal for the History of Philosophy
  • Dunham, J & Phemister, P (2015). Monadologies: An Historical Overview. British Journal for the History of Philosophy
  • Dunham, J (2014). Was James Ward a Cambridge Pragmatist? British Journal for the History of Philosophy