Matthew Eddy

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2016-Dec 2016)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Durham University

Matthew Eddy trained in England, the USA, and Germany. He is a cultural historian of the Enlightenment with additional interests in the history of science, art, and gender in modern Europe. Based in Durham University’s Department of Philosophy, he is the university's Reader in the History and Philosophy of Science and a member of its Centre for Visual Arts and Culture.

Matthew has held fellowships at Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Caltech, and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study. His research has been supported through grants or fellowships awarded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Society of London, the Wellcome Trust, the Mellon Foundation and Durham’s Institute for Advanced Study. In addition to serving on the executive councils for the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, Matthew has given evidence for a number of British government organizations (including the Department of Work and Pensions) and served as an assessor for the National Research Exercise coordinated for the Greek Ministry of Education. He is currently completing a project that investigates how students learned to be rational observers during the Scottish Enlightenment.


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Notebooks, Natural Knowledge, and the Scribal Foundations of Gender


Selected Publications

Eddy, M. D. (2019). Family Notebooks, Mnemotechnics, and the Rational Education of Margaret Monro. In C. von Oertzen, C. Bittel, & E. Leong (Eds.), Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge (pp. 160-176). Pittsburgh:…

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Eddy, M. D. (2018). The Nature of Notebooks: How Enlightenment Schoolchildren Transformed the Tabula Rasa. Journal of British Studies, 57(2), 275-307. doi:10.1017/jbr.2017.239.

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Eddy, M. D. (2017). The politics of cognition: liberalism and the evolutionary origins of Victorian education. The British Journal for the History of Science, 50(4), 677-699. doi:10.1017/S0007087417000863.

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Eddy, M. D. (2004). Scottish chemistry, classification and the late mineralogical career of the 'ingenious' Professor John Walker (1779-1803). The British Journal for the History of Science, 37(4), 373-399.

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