Geoffrey Gorham

Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Modern philosophy, Descartes

Old Main, 100
Telephone: 651-696-6048

Professor Gorham specializes in the history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology. His recent articles include “The Theological Foundations of Hobbesian Physics: A Defense of Corporeal God” (British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2013), “’The Twin-Brother of Space’: Spatial Analogy in the Emergence of Absolute Time” (Intellectual History Review, 2012),  “How Newton Solved the Mind-Body Problem” (History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2011). He also recently published 'Philosophy of Science: A Beginner’s Guide '(2009). Professor Gorham enjoys collaborating with students. For example, in Summer 2013 he will work with philosophy senior Samuel Eklund on the project 'The Emancipation of Time in the Seventeenth Century', funded by the Keck Foundation.

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/macalester.edu/geoffrey-gorham/

Office Hours:

Fall 2014 Monday and Wednesday 11:00 - Noon, Thursday 2:00 - 2:50, and 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.