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Tad M Schmaltz, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Philosophy, and Editor, Journal of the History of Philosophy

Tad M Schmaltz
Contact Info:
Office Location:  201I West Duke Building
Office Phone:  +1 919-660-3059, +1 919-660-3050
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PhDUniversity of Notre Dame1988
BA, magna cum laude, Philosophy (with honors)Kalamazoo College1983

Philosophy of Mind
Research Interests: Causation in Scholasticism, Descartes and later Cartesianism; Early Modern Physics and Metaphysics; Spinoza's Substance Metaphysic; Cartesian Theories of Mind and Self-Knowledge

Tad M. Schmaltz (Ph.D. 1988, Notre Dame) joined the Department in 1989 and is affiliated with Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In 1993–94 he held a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 1997–98 he was a fellow at the National Humanities Center. He has published articles in the Philosophical Review, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Journal of the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and Oxford Studies in the History of Philosophy. He is the author of Malebranche’s Theory of the Soul, published by Oxford University Press in 1996, and of Radical Cartesianism, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002. He also is editor of Receptions of Descartes: Cartesianism and Anti-Cartesianism in Early Modern Europe, which Routledge will publish in 2005. Currently he is Editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Areas of Interest:

History of Early Modern Philosophy
 History and Philosophy of Science
 Philosophy of Mind
 Metaphysics and Epistemology


Europe • Philosophy • Medieval • Renaissance • Descartes

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Sanem Soyarslan  
  • Joel Schickel  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Descartes on Causation (2008), Oxford University Press
  2. Radical Cartesianism: The French Reception of Descartes (2002), Cambridge University Press
  3. Malebranche's Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation (1996), Oxford University Press