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Catherine Wilson

Catherine Wilson

Fellow, City University of New York

Early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of science, ethics and human evolution, metaethics

My research focuses on the relationships between science, epistemology, and moral theory. My major interest at present is in the 'naturalistic image'  of the human being in 17th and 18th century philosophy as affected by the revival of Epicurean atomism and hedonism after the earlier rediscovery of Lucretius's famous poem The Nature of Things.  This involves the study of such sub-topics as: the veil of perception, the animal-human divide; free will, determinism, and moral responsibility; contract theories and anti-militarism in political philosophy; and mortality, extinction, and 'Enlightenment pessimism.'  I am working on a draft of a book that interprets Kant's philosophy in light of these issues. Along the way I am working on a paper on how we might conceptualise moral responsibility from an attributional, semi-empirical, as opposed to metaphysical standpoint, avoiding some of the problems of traditional appeals to free will. 

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