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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Professor Matthew Daniel Eddy, BA, MA, PhD

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Professor/Chair DEC in the Department of Philosophy

Contact Professor Matthew Daniel Eddy

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Epiphany Term
Monday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm


I am Durham’s chair and professor in the history and philosophy of science. I study the cultural factors that contributed to the rise of modern science. My teaching and research addresses the historical emergence of scientific forms of objectivity, observation and representation from the Enlightenment forward. I am currently finalising a book entitled Rewriting Reason: The Art and Science of Creating Knowledge with Notebooks during the Scottish Enlightenment.

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 Huntington Library, the Mellon Foundation and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study.

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 live in Durham with my wife, children and a pet spider named Marioula. My articles and books are downloadable from Academia. My twitter handle is @BookScribbler.


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

Research Interests

  • Environmental Humanities
  • History of Objectivity, Observation and Representation
  • History of Science, Philosophy and Medicine
  • Intellectual History
  • The Scottish Enlightenment


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