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Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Alexander von Humboldt-Fellow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Lehigh University

Early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of science

I'm an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University and for the 2020-2021 academic year also a Humboldt Foundation Fellow and visiting researcher at HU-Berlin. My research focuses on issues at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and the natural sciences in the early modern period. I'm particularly focused on John Locke's theory of mind and cognition and on philosophical issues at the foundations of Newtonian natural philosophy. While at the Center I'll be pursuing a project on Newton's metaphysics of minds and bodies. How did Newton understand our perceptual and cognitive abilities? And what did he take to be their ontological grounds?  These are among the questions I'll be investigating.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation