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Department of Philosophy


Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy, BA, MA, PhD

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Reader/Chair DEC (On Research Leave) in the Department of Philosophy

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Trained in England, America and Germany, I am a cultural historian of the Enlightenment with additional interests in the history of science, art and gender in modern Europe. Based in Durham University’s Department of Philosophy, I am the university's Reader in the History and Philosophy of Science and a member of its Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. 

I’ve held fellowships at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Caltech and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study. At present I am completing a project that investigates how students learned to be rational observers during the Scottish Enlightenment. My work on this topic was recently profiled in the American magazine Inside Higher Ed and by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


I supervise theses and dissertations on all aspects of the 18th- to early 20th-century intellectual history topics outlined above.

Research Groups

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

Research Interests

  • History and Philosophy Science (especially environmental science)
  • History of Objectivity
  • The History of Knowledge
  • The Scottish Enlightenment
  • Darwinism and Childhood
  • Science and the Visual Arts, 1750-present


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