Aaron Garrett

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., New School for Social Research

My main areas of research are the history of modern moral and political philosophy, the history of philosophical methodology (and some issues in metaphysics), and more recently the philosophy of art and the philosophy of film. Current projects include editing a two-volume history of Scottish Enlightenment philosophy with James Harris for OUP (the first volume will appear at the beginning of 2015), a monograph for OUP on seventeenth-century moral philosophy, a successor volume on eighteenth-century moral philosophy, and a book on montage and the philosophy of film.

Representative and recent publications:


(ed.) (2014) Routledge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Routledge.

(2008) Berkeley’s Three Dialogues: A Reader’s Guide. Continuum.

(2003) Meaning in Spinoza’s Method. Cambridge University Press.


(2013) Butler’s Moral Philosophy,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/butler-moral).

(2013) “Minds and Matter” in James Harris (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy. Oxford, pp. 171-193.

(2012) “Knowing the Essence of the State in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus,” European Journal of Philosophy 20:1, pp. 50-73.

(2012) “Seventeenth Century Moral Philosophy: Self-Help, Self-Knowledge, and the Devil’s Mountain,” in Roger Crisp, ed., Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics. Oxford, pp. 229-279.

(2012) “Butler and Hume on Reasoning about Morals”. Ruth Savage (ed.) Philosophy and Religion in Enlightenment Britain. Oxford, pp. 169-186.

(2011) “Animals and Ethics in the History of Modern Philosophy,” in Thomas Beauchamp and Ray Frey, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Animals and Ethics. Oxford, pp. 61-87.

(2011) “Smith as Virtue Ethicist,” (http://www.artoftheory.com/smith-as-virtue-ethicist-aaron-garrett/).

(2010) “Courage, Political Resistance, and Self-Deceit,” Boston University Law Review 90:4, pp. 1770-83.

(2007) “Francis Hutcheson and the Origin of Animal Rights”. Journal of the History of Philosophy 45:2, pp. 243-65.

(2006) “Human Nature”. In Knud Haakonssen (ed.) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge, pp. 160-233.