Associate Professor Deborah Brown

Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
deborah.brown@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52804

Overview

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Philosophy
    Early Modern Philosophy covers the period of philosophical thought roughly from 1650-1800, and encompasses radical changes in philosophical and scientific thinking and their intersection. Research interests include early modern and medieval theories of mind, action, metaphysics and epistemology, as well as social and political thought. Key figures of the early modern period include Descartes, Hobbes, Malebranche, Hume and the Cambridge Platonists and of the later medieval period, Aquinas, Ockham, Scotus, Buridan and Suárez.
  • Logic and the Philosophy of Science
    Logic and the Philosophy of Science examines fundamental issues in formal and informal reasoning, the nature of scientific reasoning, and other issues concerned with scientific method, scientific knowledge, the rise of modern science, the nature of scientific entities and metaphysical concepts that underlie science. Research interests include the emergence of the notion of force and theories of inertia, causation, emergent properties, functions and mereology.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Toronto

Publications

  • Brown, Deborah (2016). Being, formal versus objective. In Lawrence Nolan (Ed.), The Cambridge Descartes lexicon (pp. 60-65) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511894695.027

  • Brown, Deborah (2016). Passion. In Lawrence Nolan (Ed.), The Cambridge Descartes lexicon (pp. 563-569) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511894695.192

  • Brown, Deborah (2015) Animal automatism and machine intelligence. Res Philosophica, 92 1: 93-115. doi:10.11612/resphil.2015.92.1.2

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Brown, Deborah (2016). Being, formal versus objective. In Lawrence Nolan (Ed.), The Cambridge Descartes lexicon (pp. 60-65) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511894695.027

  • Brown, Deborah (2016). Passion. In Lawrence Nolan (Ed.), The Cambridge Descartes lexicon (pp. 563-569) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511894695.192

  • Normore, Calvin G. and Brown, Deborah J. (2014). On bits and pieces in the history of philosophy. In Cotnoir, A. J. and Baxter, Donald L. M. (Ed.), Composition as identity (pp. 24-43) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Brown, Deborah (2014). The Sixth Meditation: Descartes and the embodied self. In David Cunning (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Descartes' Meditations (pp. 240-257) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CCO9781139088220.013

  • Brown, Deborah (2013). Descartes and content skepticism. In Karen Detlefsen (Ed.), Descartes' Meditations: a critical guide (pp. 25-42) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139030731.005

  • Brown, Deborah (2013). Understanding interaction revisited. In Stewart Duncan and Antonia LoLordo (Ed.), Debates in modern philosophy: essential readings and contemporary responses (pp. 54-63) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Brown, Deborah (2012). Agency and attention in Malebranche's Theory of Cognition. In Martin Pickavé and Lisa Shapiro (Ed.), Emotion and cognitive life in medieval and early modern philosophy (pp. 217-233) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579914.003.0012

  • Brown, Deborah J. (2008). Descartes on True and False Ideas. In Janet Broughton and John Carriero (Ed.), A Companion to Descartes (pp. 196-215) Carlton VIC, Australia: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9780470696439.ch12

  • Brown, D. J. (2007). Augustine And Descartes On The Function Of Attention In Perceptual Awareness. In S. Heniämaa, V. Läthennemaki and P. Remes (Ed.), Consciousness: From Perception To Reflection In The History of Philosophy (pp. 153-175) Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6082-3_7

  • Brown, D. J. (2007). Is Descartes' Body a Mode of Mind?. In Henrik Lagerlund and Olaf Pluta (Ed.), Forming The Mind: Essays on the Internal Senses and the Mind/Body Problem from Avicenna to the Medical Enlightenment (pp. 263-281) The Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6084-7_13

  • Brown, D. J. (2007). Objective being in Descartes: that which we know or that by which we know?. In Henrik Lagerlund (Ed.), Representation and objects of thought in medieval philosophy (pp. 135-153) Hampshire, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Brown, D. J. and de Sousa, R (2003). Descartes on the unity of the self and the passions. In Williston, Byron, Gombay and Andre (Ed.), Passion and Virtue in Descartes 1 ed. (pp. 153-173) United States: Humanity Books.

  • Brown, D. J. and Normore, C. (2003). Traces of the body: Cartesian passions. In Williston, Byron, Gombay and Andre (Ed.), Passion and Virtue in Descartes 1 ed. (pp. 83-106) United States: Humanity Books.

  • Brown, D. J. (2002). The Rationality of Cartesian Passions. In Henrik Lagerlund and Mikko Yrjönsuuri (Ed.), Emotions and Choice from Boethius to Descartes (pp. 233-251) Netherlands: Kluwer Academic. doi:10.1007/978-94-010-0506-7_11

  • Brown, Deborah (1997). The right method of boy-loving. In Roger E. Lamb (Ed.), Love analyzed (pp. 49-63) Boulder, CO, United States: Westview Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision