Pauline Phemister


  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 7.08

40 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Consultation Hours: Fridays 3.15pm-4.15pm or by appointment


Pauline Phemister M.A. Ph.D. (Edinburgh) returned to the department in 2005, prior to which she held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford and taught at the Universities of Nebraska-Lincoln and Liverpool. She is author of Leibniz and the Natural World (2005),  The Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz (2006) and Leibniz and the Environment (2016) She is a co-investigator on the AHRC research project, Caring for the Future through Ancestral Time, and local co-ordinator of the CHCI Humanities for the Environment project, Uncertain Human Future. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Undergraduate teaching

History of Modern Philosophy/Environmental Philosophy.

Current courses taught:

Mind and Body in Early Modern Philosophy

Reason and Experience: Seventeenth Century Philosophy

Greats, lectures on Descartes

Pauline Phemister is willing to supervise postgraduate dissertations on topics relating to early modern philosophy and ecological philosophy.


student consultation hours

Fridays 11.30-12.30, or by appointment (semester 1); Fridays 11.10-12.00, or by appointment (semester 2)

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Early modern philosophy, especially Rationalists and Locke, Philosophy of Nature. Pauline Phemister is a member of the History of Philosophy research area.

History of Philosophy

Research Interests

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