Dr Knox Peden

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Yunggorendi Mande Building

Knox Peden earned his PhD in European Intellectual History from UC Berkeley in 2009 after completing degrees in diplomatic history at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics. Over the past decade he has published widely on modern French philosophy, Spinoza's philosophy and its reception, methodological issues in the history of ideas, and the phenomenon of secularization. He has held research positions at the University of Queensland and the Australian National University and was most recently the Gerry Higgins Lecturer in the History of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.


University of California, Berkeley, PhD 2009

London School of Economics and Political Science, MA 2001

University of Pennsylvania, BA 2000

Honours, awards and grants

ARC DECRA, Secularism and Philosophy: The Challenge of Spinozism, 2014-2017 (ANU)

UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, 2013

Teaching interests

I teach on a variety of subjects in European philosophy, with experience in both the early modern and late modern periods. Recently, I've developed courses in political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

Supervisory interests
History, philosophy
Modern philosophy

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