Donald Rutherford

Philosophy Department, 0119
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0119

I've been a member of the UCSD Philosophy Department since 1999. Prior to that I taught for a decade at Emory University, and before that briefly at Reed College. My main research interests are in the history of modern philosophy. Much of my work has dealt with the philosophy of Leibniz, leading to a book Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature and to a critical edition and translation (with Brandon Look) of the Leibniz-Des Bosses correspondence. My current research focuses on the fate of eudaimonistic ethical theory in the seventeenth century. Here I am particularly interested in the ways in which Stoic and Epicurean themes are taken up and transformed by such philosophers as Gassendi, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. I have also worked, and continue to work, on these philosophers' treatments of a variety of metaphysical questions. Other areas of interest are Kant's critical philosophy and its development, and Nietzsche.

Selected Publications



For a complete list of publications, see my c.v.

Forthcoming and Draft Papers



Below are some of the undergraduate courses I have taught at UCSD. Links lead to class webpages, where available.

Because I am currently serving as department chair, I have a reduced teaching load. In Fall quarter 2011, I am teaching Revelle Humanities 3.

In Winter quarter 2012, I am teaching a graduate seminar on medieval and early modern moral philosophy.

More information about my graduate teaching can be found here.


Donald Rutherford /
University of California, San Diego
Last update: July 20, 2011