I work in the history of European philosophy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, especially in the German context. My main interests are in topics in metaphysics and philosophy of science. My primary research project deals with the reception of Descartes in seventeenth- and early-eighteenth century German universities--a phenomenon sometimes called 'Cartesian Scholasticism'. I am tracing the development of theories of causation and substance through the confluence of Cartesian and Aristotelian ideas in the German scholastic tradition from Johann Clauberg (1622-65) to Christian Wolff (1679-1754). Of especial interest to me are th…

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