Advisory Board

Julie Davies (University of Melbourne)

Julie Davies is a Ph.D student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is currently writing her thesis entitled Science in an Enchanted World: Experimental Philosophy and Witchcraft in the work of Joseph Glanvill in which she is the first to comprehensively explore the relationships between Glanvill’s popular works on the experimental method of the Royal Society of London, religion and spiritual fulfilment, and the supernatural. Julie also teaches medieval and early modern European history at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and is a Research Assistant to Professor Charles Zika at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and has held many travelling scholarships, including the Lizette Bentwitch Scholarship awarded by the University of Melbourne Arts Faculty in 2011. Her publications include: “Preaching Science: The influences of science and philosophy on Joseph Glanvill’s sermons and pastoral care” in Marcus K. Harmes, (eds.), The British World: Religion, Memory, Society, Culture and “Poisonous Vapours: Joseph Glanvill’s Science of Witchcraft” in Intellectual History Review. Julie is currently working on an edited collection: A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins, with Michael Pickering.

Howard Hotson (University of Oxford)

Howard Hotson is Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Anne’s College. His interests range widely over the histories of science, philosophy, religion, education, and communication in the early modern period, focusing especially on the traditions of further, general, and universal reformation emerging from central Europe in the periods before and during the Thirty Years War. The author, inter alia, of an intellectual biography of Comenius’s teacher, Johann Heinrich Alsted (OUP, 2000), and a survey of central European Reformed educational theory and practice (Commonplace Learning: Ramism and its German Ramifications, 1543–1630, OUP, 2007), he is currently directing an Oxford-based collaborative research project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, entitled Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters.

Founder of the Society

Constance Blackwell (Editor of Intellectual News)

Constance Blackwell (1934-2018) played a key role in fostering the study of intellectual history, setting up the Foundation for Intellectual History in 1994, and publishing a regular newsletter, Intellectual News, which featured contributions from many of the key figures in the field. Constance was an avid promotor of ambitious conferences which often resulted in associated publications:  Method and Order in the Renaissance Philosophy of Nature: The Aristotle Commentary Tradition(1997), Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Conversations with Aristotle (1999) and Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories (2001), all bear witness to her efforts. The Foundation was later transformed into the International Society for Intellectual History, and the Intellectual News was replaced by Intellectual Historical Review in 2007. In 2016, Intellectual History Review published a Festschrift for Constance with essays by many of her colleagues on the theme of “Studies in Intellectual Historiography.” During the course of her career Constance published many articles on the scholastic authors that fascinated her, including Cajetano, Zimara, Pereira, Zabarella and Keckermann. She also worked intensively on Johann Jakob Brucker’s Historia Critica Philosophiae (1742-1744).