Professor of Philosophy
Modern philosophy, Descartes

Old Main, 112


Professor Gorham specializes in the history of philosophy, metaphysics and American philosophy. See his website below for full publications and cv. Professor Gorham enjoys collaborating with students. For example, in 2013 he worked with Samuel Eklund on the project ‘The Emancipation of Time in the Seventeenth Century’ and in 2017 he worked with Stephanie Van Fossen on ‘Early American Philosophy’. Professor Gorham has recently been a visiting fellow at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science, and the Center for History and Philosophy of Science, Radoud University, Netherlands. He is a resident fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. In his spare time, Professor Gorham skates (on ice) and listens to Schubert or Joy Division.


Recent Publications:


  • “Descartes on the Infinity of Space vs. Time”. /Infinity in Early Modern Philosophy./ Ed. Ohad Nachtomy, Brill Publishers, 2017.
  • “Time and Temporal Experience in the Seventeenth Century”. /Routledge Handbook of the Temporal Experience/. Ed. Ian Philips. Routledge Publishers, 2017.
  • “The Language of Nature: Reassessing the Mathematization of Nature in the Seventeenth Century.” Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science XX. Co-edited edited/introduced with Benjamin Hill, Edward Slowik and C. Kenneth Waters. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
  • “Embodied God: Hobbes, Stoics and Deists”. /Embodiment/. Ed. Justin E. H. Smith. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Hobbes on the Reality of Time”. /Hobbes Studies/ 27 (2014): 80-103.
  • “Spinoza on the Ideality of Time”. /Idealistic Studies/ 43 (2014): 27-40.

BA: Dalhousie University (King’s College), 1986

MA: University of Calgary, 1988

PhD: University of Minnesota, 1994.