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Matthew Stuart

Professor of Philosophy
(on leave for the 2016-17 academic year)

Contact Information


Edward Pols House - 206

Matthew Stuart: Bowdoin College: Philosophy


  • B.A. University of Vermont
  • M.A. Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Cornell University

Research and Teaching Interests

My research is in early modern philosophy, and to date I’ve mostly focused on Locke’s metaphysics and epistemology in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690). I teach classes about a range of early modern philosophers (including Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, and Kant). I also teach non-historical classes on a variety of topics, including death, applied ethics, 20th century analytic philosophy, and metaphysics.

Looking for a good book to read? Here is a list I give to my students. (link will open a PDF - Portable Document Format PDF)

Curriculum Vitae (link will open a PDF - Portable Document Format PDF)


A Companion to Locke. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015

Locke's Metaphysics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2013.

Locke's Metaphysics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2013.    A Companion to Locke


"John Locke and the Problem of Consciousness," in Consciousness and the Great Philosophers, Stephen Leach, ed. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

"The Correspondence with Stillingfleet," in A Companion to Locke, London: Wily-Blackwell, 2015.

“Revisiting People and Substances,” in The Key Debates of Modern Philosophy, Duncan and LoLordo, eds., Routledge, 2013, 186-196. 

“Locke,” in A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, T. O’Connor & C. Sandis, Eds.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Co., 2010, 490-495.

“Having Locke’s Ideas,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 48, 2010, 35-59.

“Lockean Operations,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 18, 2008, 511-533.

“Locke’s Colors,” Philosophical Review 112, 2003, 57-96.

“Locke on Natural Kinds,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 16, 1999, 277-296.

“Descartes’s Extended Substances,” in New Essays on the Rationalists, Gennaro and Huenemann eds., Oxford University Press, 1999, 82-104.

“Locke on Superaddition and Mechanism,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 6, 1998, 351-379.

“Locke’s Geometrical Analogy,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 13, 1996, 451-467.