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Dr Kirsten Walsh

Lecturer (Philosophy)

Amory B313

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Early Modern Experimental Philosophy Blog:

Research interests

Early Modern Philosophy (especially Isaac Newton); HPS; Philosophy of Science.


I am interested in Isaac Newton’s methodology in both historical and philosophical contexts.  I ask, how ought we understand his scientific achievements and what are the upshots for theoretical accounts of science?  My approach incorporates the tools and ideas of contemporary philosophy of science, balanced with a sensitivity to historical context.  This gives my research a distinctive reach into both contemporary issues in the philosophy of science and to the history of ideas.

I have been carrying out my research as part of a team studying the emergence of experimental philosophy in the early modern period.  I make regular contributions to the project blog, ‘Early Modern Experimental Philosophy’.

Modules taught


I grew up in Melbourne, Australia.

I completed my PhD in 2015 at the University of Otago in New Zealand, focusing on the scientific methodology of Isaac Newton.

Prior to taking up my position at Exeter, I was an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. I have also studied and taught at the Universities of Melbourne, Otago, Sydney, Bucharest and Calgary, and have been a visiting scholar at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Australian National University and University of Cambridge.

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