Department Chair; Professor
Tad Schmaltz joined the Department in 2010, and is currently Department Chair. He has published articles and book chapters on various topics in early modern philosophy, and is the author of Malebranche's Theory of the Soul (1996), Radical Cartesianism (2002), Descartes on Causation (2008), Early Modern Cartesianisms (2017), and The Metaphysics of the Material World: Suárez, Descartes, Spinoza (2020). He is the editor of Receptions of Descartes (2005) and Efficient Causation: A History (2014), and is a co-editor of Integrating History and Philosophy of Science (2012), Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy (2nd edition, 2015), The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy (2017), and The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism (2019). He continues to have as research interests the influence of late scholasticism and Cartesianism on early modern thought, the nature of the "Scientific Revolution", and substance-mode metaphysics, views of mereology, and theories of causation and freedom in the early modern period.
Field(s) of Study
- Early Modern Philosophy
- History and Philosophy of Science