Advisory Board

Constance Blackwell (Editor of Intellectual News)

After many years in New York teaching at Queens College, University of New York, and being an education adviser to the Mayor of New York City, Constance Blackwell moved to London 1976. She soon participated became an active member of the Society for Renaissance Studies and edited their Bulletin. In 1988 the Foundation for Intellectual History was established whch held international seminars for junior and senior scholars encouraging cooperative research across disciplinary and national boundries. It funded fellowships for young scholars and Christopher Ligota’s History of Scholarship seminar at the Warburg Institute. One of founders of the ISIH, she edited sixteen issues of its journal, Intellectual News. She has published widely in the field of intellectual history including on: the history of scepticism, Aristotle and methodical doubt, vocabulary for a natural philosophy, the reception of the Simplicius in the sixth century, and the history of logic and its relationship to Jacob Brucker’s Historia critica philosophiae. She edited the translation of Santinello’s Models of the History of Philosophy and with Sachiko Kusukawa, Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Philosophy: Conversations with Aristotle.

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, et.al. (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.