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Dr Jeremy Dunham

Associate Professor / On research leave

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Associate Professor / On research leave in the Department of Philosophy  


I am interested in issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind in early modern and nineteenth-century philosophy.

I spend a lot of my time working on forgotten figures in the history of philosophy (James Ward, Charles Renouvier, and Clarisse Coignet, to name a few), but I have recently been focusing my research on the more well known philosophers William James and Hegel. I am writing a book on William James and the relationship between his metaphysics and his pragmatism, and I hope to finish that relatively soon. I am also writing a book on habit in the history of philosophy (from Descartes to Dewey), which will no doubt take a lot longer.

Before coming to work at Durham, I held a Levehulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Chicago's Commitee on Social Thought, and an Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

I am also the treasurer for the British Society for the History of Philosophy:

My Office Hours are 3-4 on Wednesdays and 3-5 on Thursdays every week during term time. 

Research interests

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Nineteenth-Century French Philosophy
  • Idealism
  • Pragmatism
  • Habit
  • William James

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Authored book

  • Dunham, J., Grant, I. & Watson, S. (2014). Idealism: The History of a Philosophy. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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Edited book

  • Dunham, J. & Phemister, P. (2018). Monadologies. Routledge.

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