I work in the history of European philosophy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, especially in the German context. My primary focus is on topics in metaphysics and philosophy of science. I am especially interested in the tension between teleological and mechanical conceptions of nature, and the various proposals in the early modern period to account for purpose and order in a world characterized by inert matter and mathematical laws. I often approach this topic in the context of efforts in early modern German universities to accommodate the new mechanical worldview in a reformed Scholastic-Aristotelian framework. Authors of part…

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