Old Main, Room 108
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Modern philosophy, Descartes
Professor Gorham specializes in the history of philosophy, especially the intersection of philosophy and science in the seventeenth century in figures such as Descartes, Newton and Locke. He is also interested in problems in contemporary metaphysics and philosophy of science, such as space & time, freedom and causality.
Tuesday 11:10am-noon, Thursday 11:10am - 1:10pm, or by appointment.
Key publications or presentations:
- “The Theological Foundations of Hobbesian Physics: A Defense of Corporeal God”. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 2012.
- “’The Twin-Brother of Space’: Spatial Analogy in the Emergence of Absolute Time”. Intellectual History Review 2012.
- “Newton on God’s Relation to Space and Time: The Cartesian Framework”. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 2011.
- “How Newton Solved the Mind-Body Problem”. History of Philosophy Quarterly 2011.
- “Theism in 17th and 18th Century Philosophy”. Routledge Companion to Theism. Routledge, 2011.
- Philosophy of Science: A Beginner's Guide. Oxford: One World Press, October 2009.
- “God and the Natural World in the Seventeenth Century: Space, Time and Causality”. Philosophy Compass. 2009.
- “Cartesian Causation: Continuous, Instantaneous, Overdetermined.” Journal of the History of Philosophy. 2004.
- “Descartes on the Innateness of All Ideas.” Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 2002.
BA: Dalhousie University (King’s College), 1986
MA: University of Calgary, 1988
PhD: University of Minnesota, 1994.