<div>Associate Professor<br />
Deborah Brown</div>
Associate Professor
Deborah Brown


Associate Professor in Philosophy

Contact Details:

Office: E313, Forgan Smith Building (1)
Phone: +61 7 3365 2804
Email: deborah.brown@uq.edu.au


BA(Hons), (Qld)
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto


History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology.

Research Interests:

Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics.

Current Research Projects:

Descartes' Ontology of Everyday Life (ARC Discovery Project).

Selected Recent Publications:

  • 2006 Descartes and the passionate mind (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Journal articles, book chapters, proceeding papers and reviews
  • 2015 "Animal Automatism and Machine Intelligence", Res Philosophica, 92.1: 1-23.
  • 2014 "Hume and the Nominalist Tradition", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 42.S1: 1-18.
  • 2014 "On Bits and Pieces in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy", (with Prof. Calvin Normore) for Don Baxter & Aaron Cotnoir (eds.), Composition as Identity (Oxford University Press).
  • 2014 "The Sixth Meditation: Descartes and the Embodied Self", in David Cunning (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Descartes’ Meditations (Cambridge University Press), pp. 240-257.
  • 2013 "Descartes and content scepticism", in Karen Detlefson (ed.), Articles on Descartes’ Meditations (Cambridge University Press), pp. 25-42.
  • 2013 "Understanding interaction revisited", in Antonio Lolordo & Stewart Duncan (eds.), The Key Debates of Modern Philosophy (Routledge).
  • 2012 "Cartesian Functional Analysis", Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 90.1: 75-92.
  • 2012 "Agency and attention in Malebranche's theory of cognition", in Lisa Shapiro and Martin Pickavé (eds.), Emotion and Cognition in Medieval and Early Modern Thought (Oxford University Press), pp. 217-33.
  • 2011 "The duck’s leg: Descartes’ distinction of reason". Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 35: 26-45.
  • 2008 “Descartes on True and False Ideas”, in Janet Broughton & John Carriero (eds.), A Companion to Descartes (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • 2008 “Is Descartes’ body a mode of mind?”, in Henrik Lagerlund & Mikko Yrjonsuuri (eds.), Forming the Mind (Dordrecht: Springer).
  • 2007 “Augustine and Descartes on the function of attention in perceptual awareness”, in Sarah Heinämaa, Vili Lähteenmäki, & Pauliina Remes (eds.), Consciousness: From Perception to Reflection in the History of Philosophy (Dordrecht: Springer), pp. 153-175.
  • 2007 “Objective being in Descartes: that which we know or that by which we know?”, in Henrik Lagerland (ed.), Representations and Objects of Thought in Medieval Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate).
  • 2005 “What part of ‘know’ don’t you understand?” The Monist, 88/1: 11-35.
  • 2003 "Traces of the Body: Descartes on the Passions of the Soul", (with Calvin Normore) in Byron Williston & Andre Gombay (eds.), Passion and Virtue in Descartes (Humanities Press), pp. 83-106.
  • 2003 "Descartes on the Unity of Self and the Passions", (with Ronald de Sousa) in Byron Williston & Andre Gombay (eds.), Passion and Virtue in Descartes (Humanities Press), pp. 153-73.
  • 2002 "The Rationality of Cartesian Passions", in Henrik Lagerlund & Mikko Yrjonsuuri (eds.), Emotions and Rational Choice (Kluwer), pp. 259-278.
  • 2002 "Thomas Aquinas: Saint and Private Investigator", Dialogue, 41: 461-80.
  • 2001 "Aquinas and the Flying Man Argument", Sophia, pp. 17-31.
  • 2000 "Immanence and Individuation: Brentano and the Scholastics on Knowledge of Singulars", The Monist, 83.1: 22-46.
  • 1999 "What Was New in The Passions of 1649?" in Mikko Yrjonsuuri & Tuomo Aho (eds.), "Norms and Modes of Thinking in Descartes", Acta Philosophica Fennica, 64: 211-231.
  • 1997 "Analyticity: An Ockhamist Approach", American Philosophical Quarterly, October: 443-57.
  • 1997 "The Right Method of Boy-loving", in Roger Lamb (ed.), Love Analyzed (Westview), pp. 49-63.
See full list of publications.

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