DR Knox Peden

DR Knox Peden




  • Knox Peden earned his PhD in European Intellectual History from UC Berkeley in 2009 and since then he has pursued research at the intersections of history and philosophy. He has published widely on modern French philosophy and intellectual history and has special expertise on Spinoza's thought and its reception in various historical contexts. Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze appeared with Stanford University Press in 2014 and has played a role in shifting emphasis to the rationalist elements in modern French thought. He is at work on a translation and scholarly edition of Jean Cavaillès's Sur la logique et la théorie de la science and will co-author, with Stephen Gaukroger, the volume on French Philosophy for Oxford UP's "Very Short Introductions" series. Philosophy of history and history of historiography are other areas of research, with a particular focus on the place of politics in historical interpretation and writing. In addition to books and edited collections, his work has appeared in Modern Intellectual History, History & Theory, Intellectual History Review, and History of European Ideas , as well as the Sydney Review of Books and the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can follow him @KnoxPeden   


Member of

  • Australian Historical Association. Member 2016 -
  • American Philosophical Association. Member 2014 -
  • Australian Association of Philosophy. Member 2014 -
  • Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. Member 2012 -
  • American Historical Association. Member 2001 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • "Secularism and Philosophy: The Challenge of Spinozism," ARC DECRA Award, 2014-2017   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of California - Berkeley 2009
  • MA, London School of Economics and Political Science 2001
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania 2000


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision at Honours, MA, and PhD levels for work in French philosophy and the history of modern philosophy, early and late.