Jonathan Cottrell


  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 7.05

40 George Square, Edinburgh
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  • Office Hours: Online, by appointment


I joined the department in 2019, having previously taught at Wayne State University (Assistant Professor, 2013–19) and New York University (Lecturer, 2012–13). I received my PhD from New York University (2012), where I was supervised by Don Garrett.


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Responsibilities & affiliations

Hume Society

British Society for the History of Philosophy

Undergraduate teaching

This term, I am on research leave.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research focuses on Early Modern philosophy, especially Hume’s philosophy. My publications include an article on Hume’s views about the composition of the mind, which appeared in The Philosophical Review, and several articles on his views about mental representation, which are published or forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, and Ergo.

Current research interests

I am currently working on two main projects: a new edition of Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, which is under contract with W. W. Norton; and a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Hume's Mature Philosophical System.

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