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Dr Emily Thomas

Assistant Professor/Deputy Director Philosophy MA in the Department of Philosophy

Contact Dr Emily Thomas

Office Hours

In term time, 3-4pm on Tuesdays, or by appointment.

Research summary

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

You can also read my interview in 3am Magazine:

Research Interests

  • Space and time
  • Early modern metaphysics
  • Early twentieth century metaphysics
  • Women in the history of philosophy


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