(forthcoming 2020) The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad. Oxford University Press.
How can we think more deeply about our travels? Part philosophical ramble, part travelogue, this popular monograph traverses the places where philosophy and travel intersect. It investigates Michel de Montaigne on otherness, John Locke on cannibals, and Henry Thoreau on wilderness. We discover the dark side of maps, how the philosophy of space fuelled mountain tourism, and ask whether intergalactic travel will affect human significance in a leviathan universe.
This scholarly monograph provides the first study of British absolute time theories, the view that time is a kind of mind-independent thing. It covers British philosophy from the 1640s to the 1730s, advancing new – and controversial! – readings of many thinkers, including Henry More, Walter Charleton, Isaac Barrow, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Samuel Clarke, and John Jackson.
“This is an excellent and provocative book… Thomas’s arguments are clear, though the same cannot always be said for the arguments she discusses; the writing is straightforward—sometimes pleasantly, wryly humorous—and the scholarship is exemplary without being heavy-handed. The space allotted to this review is far too little to do justice to the range, interest, and importance of Thomas’s work.”
J. J. MacIntosh, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences (2019)
Additional reviews: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2018), Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2019: 557-8).
This edited collection offers the first sustained study of the metaphysics of neglected early modern women philosophers, discussing causation, natural laws, identity, freedom, and many other issues. It covers Anna Maria van Schurman, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell, Catharine Cockburn, and Émilie du Chatelet.
“a cover-to-cover reading is highly recommended, as it powerfully conveys the richness and depth of early modern women’s contributions to an area of philosophy that is traditionally much less naturally thought of as one in which female thought could thrive — a preconception that the present volume should do much to dispel”
Julia Borcherding, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2018)
Additional reviews: Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2019: 167-168), the Times Literary Supplement (2019).