Professor of History; Chair of History Department
Hubbard Hall - 13
What does it mean to lead a good life, a happy life? Examines changing responses to this question from the ancient Greeks to the twenty-first century. Primary sources include (among others) Plato, Aristotle, Christine de Pizan, Martin Luther, Earl of Shaftesbury, and Oprah Winfrey. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe. It also meets the pre-modern requirement.
Seminar. Examines the history of doubt, suspicion, and skepticism from the ancient world to the present as both a philosophical and cultural problem. Particular attention paid to moments of radical doubt among historians, scientists, politicians, and public groups. Readings include works by Rene Descartes, Sextus Empiricus, Charles Fort, Jean Hardouin, and Erich von Daniken. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: Europe. It also fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, History, 1999.
M.A., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Philosophy, 1995.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Philosophy, 1986.
Medieval and Early Modern intellectual and religious history.
The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015)
Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages. Dallas G. Denery II, Kantik Ghosh and Nicolette Zeeman, eds., forthcoming (Brepols).
“Uncertainy and Deception in the Medieval and Early Modern Court.” In Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages, Dallas G. Denery II, Kantik Ghosh and Nicolette Zeeman, eds., forthcoming (Brepols).
Seeing and Being Seen in the Late Medieval World: Optics, Theology and Religious Life. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, paperback 2009).
"Christine de Pizan on Misogyny, Gossip and Possibility." In Jason Glenn, ed., The Middle Ages in Texts and Texture (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), forthcoming.
"Protagoras and the Fourteenth-Century Invention of Epistemological Relativism." In Lisa Bitel, ed., Visualizing the Invisible: Visionary Techniques in Religious and Cultural Contexts, a special issue of Visual Resources XXV, nos. 1-2, March/June 2009: 29-51.
"Christine de Pizan Against the Theologians: The Virtue of Lies in The Book of Three Virtues." Viator 39:1 (2008): 229-47.
“The Preacher and His Audience: Dominican Conceptions of the Self in the Thirteenth Century.” In Laurie Postlewaite and Wim Huskens, eds., Public Performance/Public Ritual (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007):17-34.
"Biblical Liars and Thirteenth-Century Theologians." In Richard Newhauser, ed., The Seven Deadly Sins: From Individuals to Communities (Leiden: Brill, 2007): 111-28.
“Nicholas of Autrecourt on Saving the Appearances.” In Stephan Caroti and Christophe Grellard, eds., Nicolas d'Autrécourt et la Faculté des arts de Paris (1317-1340) (Cesena: Stilgraf, 2006): 65-84.
"From Sacred Mystery to Divine Deception: Robert Holkot, John Wyclif and the Transformation of Fourteenth-Century Eucharistic Discourse," Journal of Religious History, June 2005:129-44.
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"The Appearance of Reality: Peter Aureol and the Experience of Perceptual Error." Franciscan Studies, 55 (1998).
Peter of Limoges, The Moral Treatise on the Eye, Richard Newhauser, trans. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012). In Isis, forthcoming.
Stuart Clark. Vanities of the Eye: Vision in Early Modern European Culture (Oxford-New York: Oxford University Press, 2007). In Journal of the History of Philosophy, 48:1 (January 2010): 103-04.
Samuel Y. Edgerton. The Mirror, the Window, and the Telescope: How Renaissance Linear Perspective Changed Our Vision of the Universe (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009). On H-German (October 2009).
Sarah Stanbury. The Visual Object of Desire in Late Medieval England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), On H-Albion (December, 2008).
Roberta J.M. Olson, ed. The Biography of the Object in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006). In Sixteenth-Century Journal XXXIX (Winter 2008): 1124-25.
Lina Bolzoni, The Web of Images: Vernacular Preaching from its Origins to St. Bernardino da Siena (Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004). In Speculum 83:3 (2008): 666.
Elizabeth Eva Leach. Sung Birds: Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006). In The American Historical Review, 112.5 (December 2007): 1596-97.
Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, ed. and trans., Dominican Penitent Women. New York: Paulist Press, 2005. In Speculum, 81.3 (July 2006): 877-78.
Christophe Grellard, Croire et Savoir: Les principes de la connaissance selon Nicolas d'Autrécourt. (Paris: J. Vrin, 2005). In Journal of the History of Philosophy 44.1 (January 2006): 119-20.
“A History of God’s Lies”
Colloquium on Religion
Stanford University, November 2013
“A Brief History of Lying, 395-1723”
Consortium for the Study of Religion
University of California, Berkeley, November 2013.
“Vision and Skepticism before Alberti”
Science, Ethics and the Transformations of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, September 2013.
“Rhetoric, Skepticism and the Disunity of the Middle Ages.”
Oxford University, January 2013
“The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Beginning of the Enlightenment.”
Work-in-Progress Seminar, King’s College, Cambridge University, January 2013
Organizer, Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages
Cambridge University, Cambridge, April 7-9, 2011
"What the Devil Doesn't Know"
Meeting of the College Art Association
New York City, New York, February 11, 2011
Organizer, Faith, Reason and Evolution: A Public Colloquium.
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, October 23, November 7 and 14, 2008.
Organizer, Medieval Relativism and its Legacy: An international conference sponsored by Bowdoin College and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paris, June 5-7, 2008
"Preaching the Perils of Perspective"
Art and Morality in the Italian Renaissance
The National Gallery, London, November 2007.
“The Virtuous Lie: Christine de Pizan Against the Theologians”
Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, March 2007.
“Vision and Relativism in the Fourteenth Century”
Medieval Association of the Pacific
University of California, Los Angeles, California, March 2007
"The Moral Eye and the Natural Appearances: Some Religious Contexts For Nicholas of Autrecourt's Philosophy of Vision."
Colloque: Nicholas d'Autrécourt et la faculté des arts de Paris.
Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, May 2005.
"Liars, Hypocrites and Priests."
International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo,
Western Michigan University, Michigan, May 2005.
"Vision, Image and Perspective During the Later Middle Ages."
Meeting of the College Art Association of America
Atlanta, Georgia, March 2005.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship - Center For Human Values, Princeton University, 2012-13
Fletcher Family Research Fund, Bowdoin College, 2007
Course Development Award, Bowdoin College, 2007
Kenan Fellowship, Bowdoin College, 2005-2006
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Research Seminar, 2004
Fellow in the Humanities, Stanford University, 2000-2001
Mellon Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship, U.C Berkeley, 1997-98
Koret Chair Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1994, 1996-97
Summer Mellon Research Grant, U.C. Berkeley, 1995
Editorial Board for Disputatio, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout. Belgium.