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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

Office Hours

Wednesday 11:00-14:00

(Michaelmas and Easter terms only) 


I am Durham’s chair and professor in the history and philosophy of science. I study the cultural and intellectual factors that contributed to the rise of modern science. My research addresses two major historical themes: the emergence of the environmental sciences and the developmental interface between the human sciences and information technologies. I've also published on a variety of themes relevant to historical conceptions of the mind, morality and matter.

 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.

 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 Education
  • History and Philosophy of Religion
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of the Humanities
  • The Scottish Enlightenment


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