Professor Deborah Brown

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

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Brown, Deborah (2019). The metaphysics of Cartesian persons. Mindy, body, and morality: new perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza. (pp. 17-36) edited by Martina Reuter and Frans Svensson. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351202831-2

  • Brown, Deborah (2019). The metaphysics of Cartesian persons. Mindy, body, and morality: new perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza. (pp. 17-36) edited by Martina Reuter and Frans Svensson. New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Brown, Deborah J. (2018). Animal souls and beast machines: Descartes’s mechanical biology. Animals: a history. (pp. 187-209) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780199375967.003.0013

  • Brown, Deborah (2017). Power and passion in Hobbes, Descartes and Spinoza. The Routledge companion to seventeenth century philosophy. (pp. 334-353) edited by Dan Kaufman. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315771960-12

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

  • Brown, Deborah (2016). Passion. The Cambridge Descartes lexicon. (pp. 563-569) edited by Lawrence Nolan. 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. Composition as identity. (pp. 24-43) edited by Cotnoir, A. J. and Baxter, Donald L. M.. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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

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

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

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

  • Brown, Deborah J. (2008). Descartes on True and False Ideas. A Companion to Descartes. (pp. 196-215) edited by Janet Broughton and John Carriero. 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. Consciousness: From Perception To Reflection In The History of Philosophy. (pp. 153-175) edited by S. Heniämaa, V. Läthennemaki and P. Remes. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6082-3_7

  • Brown, D. J. (2007). Is Descartes' Body a Mode of Mind?. Forming The Mind: Essays on the Internal Senses and the Mind/Body Problem from Avicenna to the Medical Enlightenment. (pp. 263-281) edited by Henrik Lagerlund and Olaf Pluta. 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?. Representation and objects of thought in medieval philosophy. (pp. 135-153) edited by Henrik Lagerlund. Hampshire, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

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

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

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

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Brown, Deborah (2012). Hume and the nominalist tradition. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/00455091.2012.972125

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision