about me

I am an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Durham, UK.

Emily Thomas

I’ve written a lot on space and time in early modern and early twentieth century philosophy. I’m also interested in lots of related metaphysical issues, including substance, change, motion, idealism, process, personal identity, and philosophy of religion.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about philosophical issues in travel. What is travel? What is a map? What can travel teach philosophy, and how has philosophy affected travel?

Previously, I studied at Cambridge for my PhD (2013) and held a postdoc at the University of Groningen (2013-2016). I am an editor for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and I sit on the Board of Advisors for the International Association for the Philosophy of Time.

I currently hold two research grants. My Netherlands Research Council (NWO) Veni grant supports my work on early modern metaphysics. Two books are forthcoming from this project. Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics (monograph, Oxford University Press) explores the view, popularised by Newton, that time or duration is a kind of thing. Early Modern Women on Metaphysics (edited volume, Cambridge University Press) recovers the views of women philosophers who have traditionally been neglected in the history of my discipline. Elsewhere, I authored the first scholarship ever on British idealist Hilda Oakeley.

My British Academy Rising Star grant is to promote discussion between historians and metaphysicians of time, and impact beyond the academy. The grant funded a conference, and I am editing two blog series connected with it: on “Time: Exploring its Philosophy and History” and on “Impact and Engagement for Early Career Philosophers”. 


If you’d like to get in touch or request a copy of my CV, you can email me at emily.e.thomas [at] durham.ac.uk or use the form on my contact page.

You can also follow me on twitter @emilytwrites