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Department of Philosophy


Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy, BA, MA, PhD

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Associate Professor (Reader)/Chair DEC in the Department of Philosophy

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Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00, 12:00-2:00.


Based in Durham University’s Department of Philosophy, I am Associate Professor (Reader) in the History and Philosophy of Science and a member of the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC). Trained in England, America and Germany, I am a historian with special interests the history science, philosophy and medicine. Over the course of my career I have published on topics relevant to the history of science and the humanities. My work on several of these topics was recently profiled in the American magazine Inside Higher Ed and by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

I’ve worked at Princeton, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) and Caltech. My research has been supported through grants or fellowships awarded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of London, the Wellcome Trust, the Mellon Foundation and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study. At present I am completing a book that reveals the rich relationship between cognition, inscription and human capabilities during the Enlightenment.

In addition to serving on the executive councils for the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, I've given evidence for a number of British government organisations (including the Department of Work and Pensions) and I served as an assessor for the National Research Exercise coordinated for the Greek Ministry of Education.


I supervise theses and dissertations on all aspects of the 18th- to early 20th-century intellectual history topics outlined in my Research Interests section.

Research Groups

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • History of Philosophy
  • Mind, Language and Metaphysics

Research Interests

  • History and Philosophy of the Humanities
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of Medicine
  • The Scottish Enlightenment


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