Research Group: Early Modern and Modern Philosophy

Philosophers at Southampton have research interests in the history of modern philosophy from the Rationalists and Empiricists to Kant.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

We have published on a variety of topics in this area from Spinoza’s metaphysics to Hume’s aesthetics, as well as on the relationship of figures such as Kant to later philosophers such as Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

Philosophy has teamed up with other disciplines in the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Humanities - specifically, English, History and Music - to establish a Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Painting of David Hume

Painting of David Hume


Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Whiting, Daniel (2011) Spinoza, the No Shared Attribute thesis, and the principle of sufficient reason. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 19, (3) (doi:10.1080/09608788.2011.563526).
Neill, Alex (1999) Hume's 'singular phenomenon'. British Journal of Aesthetics, 39, (2), 112-125. (doi:10.1093/bjaesthetics/39.2.112).
Neill, Alex (1998) 'An Unaccountable Pleasure’: Hume on tragedy and the passions. Hume Studies, 24, (2), 335-354.
Neill, Alex (1992) Yanal and others on Hume on tragedy. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 50, (2), 151-154.
Neill, Alex (1989) Locke on habituation, autonomy and education. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 27, (2), 225-245.

Book Section

Neill, Alex (1998) Hume on tragedy. In, Kelly, Michael (ed.) Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. New York, USA, Oxford University Press, 399-401.

Research projects

No research projects are currently associated with this group.