Stewart Duncan

Photo of Stewart Duncan I'm an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Florida. My research focuses on early modern European philosophy.

Email: sdrd at ufl dot edu

Office: 330A Griffin-Floyd Hall
Office hours (Spring 2019): Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00pm, and by appointment

C.V.: [pdf]


Most of my research is connected to a long-running project, which I sometimes think of as 'materialism from the Third Objections to the New Essays' — that is, philosophical discussions of materialism from Hobbes's objections to Descartes's Meditations in 1641, to Leibniz's objections to Locke's Essay in the early years of the eighteenth century. There was a long, connected debate there, which I've been exploring in a series of papers. Those address topics including Hobbes's materialism; related views of Hobbes's such as his philosophy of language; criticisms of materialism by the likes of Cudworth and Leibniz; and the alternative materialist projects of Margaret Cavendish and John Toland. Recently I've been thinking more about Locke, though still in the context of that overall project.

For a list of publications, with links to papers, see my philpeople profile.

Graduate program

I am the philosophy department's graduate co-ordinator. You can find information about our PhD and MA programs here, and information about how to apply here. If you have any questions, please email me.


In Spring 2019 I am teaching Modern Philosophy (PHH3400). Students in that class can find more information on the Canvas page.

In Fall 2019 I will be teaching Introduction to Philosophy (PHI2010). A course description for that class is now available.