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 (Executive Committee Member)

British Society for the History of Philosophy

Undergraduate teaching

This year, I am on leave.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research focuses on the history of modern philosophy. I also have strong interests in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychology.

My work has appeared in The Philosophical Review, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Ergo, among other venues.

My current projects focus on Hume’s philosophy and on naturalism in modern philosophy.

Current research interests

To date, I’ve concentrated mainly on David Hume’s philosophy. I’ve also been exploring its relations to contemporary issues in epistemology and the philosophy of mind. A forthcoming paper, ‘The Priority of Passive Reasoning’, puts Hume into dialogue with Paul Boghossian, John Broome and others on the nature of reasoning. My works in progress also include (i) a monograph on Hume’s “anatomy” of the mind; (ii) a new student edition of Hume’s first Enquiry, under contract with W. W. Norton; and (iii) a multi-author collection entitled Naturalism in Early Modern Philosophy: Spinoza, Hume, and Shepherd, which I’m co-editing with Aaron Garrett, and for which I’m writing a new paper on Mary Shepherd’s philosophy of mind. Lately, I’ve become interested in Shepherd and several other figures in nineteenth-century British philosophy: Thomas Brown, T. H. Huxley, and Charles Darwin. I plan to explore their ideas in future work.

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