Catherine Wilson
Anniversary Professor of Philosophy

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I hold degrees in Philosophy from Yale, Oxford and Princeton and have taught in the USA, Canada, and Germany, before coming to the UK in 2009 to live and work. I teach and write in the history of modern philosophy and on early modern science and also work in the areas of ethics and aesthetics with a special interest in the evolution of morality and the science behind visual experience.

Departmental roles

  • Equality Champion
  • Mitigating Circumstances Committee



My research interests currently include the Philosophical anthropology of the 18th century; alternatives to moral realism; Descartes, Leibniz, and the life sciences; evolutionary theory and the foundations of ethics; and the psychology behind literature and the visual arts.


  • ‘Futility and Transcendence: An Interpretation of Kant’s Philosophy’

External activities


Editorial duties

  • Intellectual History Review

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Contact details

Prof. Catherine Wilson
Anniversary Professor

Tel: 01904 324122



  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics 


  • Metaethics 
  • History of Modern Philosophy