Thomas Holden

Professor of Philosophy
Vice Chair
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Hours

By appointment

Contact Phone

805-893-5452

Office Location

South Hall 5710

Specialization

  • Modern Philosophy

Education

  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research

My research work is in the history of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy, and focuses largely on issues in the metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion of the empiricist tradition.

Publications

Books

Hobbes's Philosophy of Religion. Oxford University Press, forthcoming

Spectres of False Divinity: Hume’s Moral Atheism. Oxford University Press, 2010

The Architecture of Matter: Galileo to Kant. Oxford University Press, 2004

Selected Articles

"The Meaning of Philo's Reversal," Journal of the History of Philosophy (forthcoming)

“Religion and the Perversion of Philosophy in Hume’s Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals,” in Jacqueline Taylor, ed., Reading Hume on the Principles of Morals (Oxford University Press, 2020)

“Berkeley on Inconceivability and Impossibility,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 98 (2019), 107-22    

“Hobbes on the Function of Evaluative Speech,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (2016), 123-44                    

“Hobbes’s First Cause,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (2015), 647-67

“Hume’s Absolute Necessity,” Mind 123 (2014), 377-413  

“Bayle and the Case for Actual Parts,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (2004), 145-64