Dr Emily Thomas
In term time, 3-4pm on Tuesdays, or by appointment.
I primarily work on space and time in the history of metaphysics. However, I’m also interested in many connecting metaphysical topics, including idealism, personal identity, substance, categories, emergence, and metaphysical philosophy of religion. I’ve mostly published on early modern and early twentieth century philosophy, and I have a penchant for the work of rich but under-studied figures, including women philosophers who have traditionally been neglected in the history of the discipline.
Previously, I studied for my PhD at the University of Cambridge (2013), and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Groningen (2013-2016). Earlier this year I became an editor for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
My current major research project, which is supported by a Netherlands Research Council (NWO) Veni grant, explores the development of absolute theories of time in early modern metaphysics.
I also hold a British Academy Rising Star grant, to promote discussion between historians and metaphysicians of time, and impact beyond the academy. Last year I was shortlisted for the BBC’s New Generation of Thinkers competition.
For further information about my research, see my personal website www.emilythomaswrites.co.uk
You can also read my interview in 3am Magazine: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/jerk-whoosh-time/
- Space and time
- Early modern metaphysics
- Early twentieth century metaphysics
- Women in the history of philosophy
Chapter in book
- Thomas, Emily (2016). Samuel Alexander’s Spacetime God: A Naturalist Rival to Current Emergentist Theologies. In Alternative Concepts of God. Buckareff, Andrei A. & Nagasawa, Yujin Oxford: Oxford University Press. 255-273.
- Thomas, Emily (2017). Time, Space, and Process in Anne Conway. British Journal for the History of Philosophy
- Thomas, Emily (2016). On the “Evolution” of Locke’s Space and Time Metaphysics. History of Philosophy Quarterly 33(4): 305-325.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). British Idealist Monadologies and the Reality of Time: Hilda Oakeley Against McTaggart, Leibniz, and Others. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23(6): 1150-1168.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Catharine Cockburn on Unthinking Immaterial Substance: Souls, Space, and Related Matters. Philosophy Compass 10(4): 255-263.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Henry More and the development of absolute time. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 54: 11-19.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). Hilda Oakeley on Idealism, History and the Real Past. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23(5): 933-953.
- Thomas, Emily (2015). In Defense of Real Cartesian Motion. Journal of the History of Philosophy 53(4): 747-762.
- Thomas, Emily & Leech, Jessica (2013). Baking with Kant and Bradley. British Idealism and Collingwood Studies 19(1): 75-94.
- Thomas, Emily (2013). Catharine Cockburn on Substantival Space. History of Philosophy Quarterly 30(3): 195-214.
- Thomas, Emily (2013). Space, Time, and Samuel Alexander. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21(3): 549-569.