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I am a professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, where I have been since 1999. Before coming to UC San Diego, I taught at Emory University and at Reed College. I received my PhD from UC Berkeley. My primary area of research is the history of modern philosophy. I am the author of Leibniz and the Rational Order of Nature (1995), editor and translator (with Brandon Look) of The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence (2007), and editor ofThe Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (2006). Currently, I am editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. A significant part of my recent work has been in the history of ethics and its intersection with metaphysics and religion, focusing on such figures as Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza and Leibniz, and parallels between ancient and early modern ethical thought. A fuller description of my publications and teaching can be found via the menu above.

Contact Information

drutherford [at] ucsd [dot] edu

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


Curriculum vitae


April 26-27, 2019
“Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of Nature"
Workshop in Late Modern Philosophy
Boston University

May 13-14, 2019
"Hobbes, Wisdom and the Progress of Desire"
Sapience. Les transformations de la sagesse dans la philosophie de la première modernité et des Lumières
Université libre de Bruxelles