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Dr Peter Millican

Since October 2005, I have been the Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Hertford College. I am also Oxford University Reader in Early Modern Philosophy. Previously I was at the University of Leeds for 20 years, employed both in Philosophy and Computing. I retain a keen interest in Computing, which I see as closely related to Philosophy in many ways. The website www.philocomp.net collects together various software systems and other materials that I have developed to emphasise these links, which embrace huge areas of philosophical interest such as Logic, Linguistics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science, as well as others (e.g. historical and textual research) in which the computer can provide an invaluable research tool.


My philosophical interests are broad, though my recent research has tended to focus on David Hume, with much of it collected on the website www.davidhume.org together with various bibliographic materials that I hope to build up in due course. I have just finished a five-year stint editing the journal Hume Studies, and recently produced a new edition of Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (pictured on the left, with a link to the Amazon website), in which I try to put Hume's aims in context with those of his various predecessors (Descartes, Hobbes, Malebranche, Locke, Berkeley etc.) and to explain the fundamental importance of his thought, which I believe to be of abiding significance in today's world. From 2010 I have been working in Edinburgh intermittently as their first Illumni David Hume Fellow, enjoying the hospitality of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

An interview with Philosophy Bites is available here: Interview on the Significance of David Hume.

For more detail on my personal career, please see my CV page, and for a more detailed account of my research interests, please see my research page.