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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 in 1988. 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). With Daniel Garber, I edit 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 full description of my research, 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


Winter Quarter 2015
Undergraduate courses
Phil 32: Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science
Phil 111: History of Philosophy: Early Modern

October 23-25, 2015
Ninth Annual Conference, Leibniz Society of North America
The Ohio State University, Columbus

July 18-23, 2016
10th International Leibniz Congress
Hanover, Germany