University of Houston

Department of Philosophy
513 Agnes Arnold Hall
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3004
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Rice University

Philosophy Department
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Rice University
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Houston, TX 77005-1892
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Gregory Brown
513 Agnes Arnold Hall
Department of Philosophy
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3004

  • Education
    • University of Hawaii (1969–1973), B.A. in Philosophy
    • University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign (1973–1975)
    • University of Maryland–College Park (1975–1980)
      • M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science (1978)
      • Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science (1980)
  • Academic Postions
    • Professor. University of Houston–University Park (1996–present)
    • Visiting Professor. University of Massachusetts–Amherst (2001-2002)
    • Associate Professor. University of Houston–University Park (1987–1996)
    • Assistant Professor. University of Houston–University Park (1981–1987)
    • Assistant Professor. University of Maryland–College Park (1980–1981)
  • Areas of Specialization
    • History and Philosophy of Science
    • History of Early Modern Philosophy (especially Leibniz and Descartes)
  • Honors, Awards, Grants, Service to the Profession
    • Phi Beta Kappa (1973)
    • Phi Kappa Phi (1973)
    • Research Initiation Grant, University of Houston (1982)
    • Winner of Leibniz Society Essay Competition (1986)
    • Fellow, NEH Summer Institute in Early Modern Philosophy, Brown University, directed by Daniel Garber (Summer 1988)
    • Faculty Development Leave, University of Houston (Spring, 1990)
    • Member of the Board of the Leibniz Society of North America (1994-1997)
    • Organizer of the South Central Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy (February 9-11, 2001)
    • Faculty Development Leave, University of Houston (Fall, 2003)
    • University of Houston Small Grants Program (2003)
    • Vice President of the Leibniz Society of North America (2004-2008)
  • Research
    • Edited Books
      • Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Worlds. Co-edited with Yual Chiek. Forthcoming (Dordrecht: Springer).
    • Articles
      • "Leibniz on the Possibility of a Spatial Vacuum, the Connectedness Condition on Possible Worlds, and Miracles." Forthcoming in Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Wrolds, edited by Gregory Brown and Yual Chiek (Dordrecht: Springer).
      • "Leibniz's Moral Philosophy." Forthcoming in Cambridge History of Ethics, edited by Sacha Golob and Jens Timmermann (New York: Cambridge University Press).
      • "Happiness and Justice." Forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Leibniz, edited by Maria Antognazza (New York: Oxford University Press).
      • "The Theodicy Translation Project and the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence." Fortcoming in Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft: Caroline bringt Leibniz nach London (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag).
      • "Contra la posibilidad del vacio: el argumento mecanicista de Leibniz." Revista de Filosofia de la Universidad de Costa Rica 51 (2012), pp. 151-158.
      • “Leibniz’s Moral Philosophy,” Chapter 14 of the Continuum Companion to Leibniz, edited by Brandon Look (New York:  Continuum, 2011), pp. 223-238.
      • “Leibniz on the Possibility of a Spatial Vacuum.”  In Natur und Subjekt: Vorträge des IX. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress, edited by Herbert Breger, Jürgen Herbst, and Sven Erdner (Hannover: Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Gesellschaft, 2011), 1 Teil, pp. 122-130.
      • “Disinterested Love:  Understanding Leibniz’s Reconciliation of Self- and Other-Regarding Motives."  British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19:2 (2011), pp. 265-303.
      • “‘Is the Logic in London different from the Logic in Hanover?’:  Some Methodological Issues in Leibniz’s Dispute with the Newtonians over the Cause of Gravity."  In Leibniz and the English-Speaking World, edited by Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown (Dordrecht:  Springer, 2007), pp. 145-162.
      • "Does the Best of All Possible Worlds Contain the (Absolute) Most?"  In Einheit in der Vielheit: Vorträge des VII. Internationalaler Leibniz-Kongress, edited by Herbert Breger, Jürgen Herbst, and Sven Erdner (Hannover: Gottfried-Wilhem-Leibniz-Gesellschaft, 2006), pp. 106-110.
      • “Leibniz’s Mathematical Argument against a Soul of the World."   British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13:3 (2005), pp. 449-488.
      • “‘ . . . Et serai toujours la même pour vous’:  Personal, Political, and Philosophical Dimensions of the Leibniz-Caroline Correspondence, 1714-1716."  In Leibniz and His Correspondents, edited by Paul Lodge (Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 262-292.
      • "Leibniz’s Endgame and the Ladies of the Courts."  Journal of the History of Ideas 65:1 (2004), pp. 75-100.
      • “Leibniz on Wholes, Unities, and Infinite Number." Leibniz Society Review, vol. 10 (2000), pp. 21-51.
      • “Who’s Afraid of Infinite Numbers: Leibniz and the World Soul." Leibniz Society Review, vol. 8 (1998), pp. 113-125.
      • “Leibniz and Royalty."  A chart of the relations of various royal personages that played a significant role in Leibniz’s life.  Leibniz Society Review 5 (1995), facing last page.
      • “Miracles in the Best of All Possible Worlds:  Leibniz’s Dilemma and Leibniz’s Razor." History of Philosophy Quarterly, vol. 12 (1995), pp. 19–39.
      • "Leibniz’s Moral Philosophy."  In The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz, edited by Nicholas Jolley (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 411-441.
      • “Is There a Pre-established Harmony of Aggregates in the Leibnizian Dynamics or do Non-substantial Bodies Interact??  Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 30 (1992), pp. 53–75.
      • “Mathematics, Physics, and Corporeal Substance in Descartes." Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 70 (1989), pp. 281–302.
      • Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Confluence of Worldly Goods." Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 26 (1988), pp. 571–591.
      • “God’s Phenomena and the Pre-Established Harmony." Studia Leibnitiana, vol. 19 (1987), pp. 200–214.
      • “Compossibility, Harmony, and Perfection in Leibniz." Philosophical Review, vol. 96 (1987), pp. 173–203.
      • "Dualism and Substance as Substratum in Descartes and Bonaventure." Modern Schoolman, vol. 63 (1986), pp. 119–132.
      • "‘Quod Ostendendum Susceperamus’:  What did Leibniz undertake to show in the Brevis Demonstratio?" in Leibniz’ Dynamica (Studia Leibnitiana Sonderheft 13), Albert Heinekamp, ed. (Wiesbaden:  Franz Steiner, 1984) pp. 122–137.
      • "Vera Entia:  The Nature of Mathematical Objects in Descartes." Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 18 (1980), pp. 23–37.
    • Reviews
      • Review of Maria Rosa Antognazza, Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography, at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2009) (http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=15446).
      • Review of Donald Rutherford and Jan A. Cover, eds., Leibniz:  Nature and Freedom, in Mind 115 (2006), pp. 804-808.
      • Review of Laurence B. McCullough’s Leibniz on Individuals and Individuation, in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 80:3 (1998).
      • Review of Patrick Riley’s Leibniz’s Universal Jurisprudence in International Philosophical Quarterly 38:1 (1998), pp. 100-101.
      •  “Taking Leibniz Seriously.? Review of Robert M. Adams, Leibniz: Determinist, Theist, Idealist, in Philosophical Books 37 (1996), pp. 235–241.
    • Reprints
      • "Vera entia:  the Nature of Mathematical Objects in Descartes."  In René Descartes:  Critical Assessments, vol. III, pp. 84–102, edited by Georges J. D. Moyal (New York: Routledge, 1991).
      • “‘Quod Ostendendum Susceperamus’:  What did Leibniz undertake to show in the Brevis Demonstratio?" In Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz:  Critical Assessments, vol. III, edited by R. S. Woolhouse (New York:  Routledge, 1993).
      • “Compossibility, Harmony, and Perfection in Leibniz." In Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Critical Assessments, vol. II, edited by R. S. Woolhouse (New York:  Routledge, 1993).
      • “God’s Phenomena and the Pre-Established Harmony." In Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz:  Critical Assessments, vol. IV, edited by R. S. Woolhouse (New York:  Routledge, 1993). 
      • “Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Confluence of Worldly Goods." In Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz:  Critical Assessments, vol. IV, edited by R. S. Woolhouse (New York:  Routledge, 1993).
    • Presentations
      • “Leibniz on the Possibility of a Spatial Vacuum.”  Paper delivered at the meeting of the Leibniz Society of Japan, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University (Tokyo, Japan, 3 November 2012.
      • “Contra la posibildad del vacío:  El argumento mecanicista de Leibniz.”  Paper delivered at the 1er Congreso Iberoamericano Leibniz, Universidad de Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica, 12 July 2012).
      • “Leibniz on the Possibility of a Spatial Vacuum.”  Paper delivered at the South Central Seminar in Modern Philosophy, Texas A&M (5 November 2011).
      • “Leibniz on the Possibility of a Spatial Vacuum.”  Paper delivered at IX. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress (Hannover, Germany, 29 September 2011).
      • “The Theodicy and the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence.”  Paper delivered at a conference on “Leibniz’s Theodicy:  Context and Content,” University of Notre Dame (16 September 2010).
      • “Disinterested Love:  Understanding Leibniz’s Reconciliation of Self- and Other-Regarding Motives."  Paper delivered at the First Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America, Rice University (26 January 2008).
      • "’Can I present infinities to you and compare them together?':  Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Perils of Infinity."  Paper delivered at the 4th Annual Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Oxford University (20 October 2007).
      • "'Can I present infinities to you and compare them together?':  Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Perils of Infinity."  Paper delivered at the colloquium, “L’idée de théodicée de Leibniz à Kant: heritage, transformations, critiques," Université Marc-Bloch, Strasbourg, France (12 April 2007)
      • "Does the Best of All Possible Worlds Contain the (Absolute) Most?"  Paper presented at VIII. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress (Hannover, Germany, 24 July 2006).
      • "'Es la lógica en Londres diferente de la lógica en Hanover?': algunos temas metodológicos en la disputa de Leibniz con los newtonianos sobre la causa de la gravedad."  Presented at the fourth meeting of the South American History and Philosophy of Science Association in (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 22 March 2004).
      • “’Is the Logic in London Different from the Logic in Hanover?’:  Some Methodological Issues in Leibniz’s Dispute with the Newtonians over the Cause of Gravity.?  Presented at a conference on Leibniz and the English-Speaking World (Liverpool, England, 5 September 2003).
      • "Leibniz on Measuring the Perfection of Possible Worlds."  Invited presentation for the meeting of the Leibniz Society of North America, held in conjunction with the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (28 December 2002).
      • “A Doubly ‘Puffed-up Proof:  Leibniz’s ‘Mathematical Argument against the Possibility of a World Soul."  Presented at the Margaret Wilson Conference 2002, Flagstaff, AZ (22 June 2002).
      • “Leibniz’s Endgame and the Ladies of the Courts."  Presented at a meeting of the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy, Dartmouth College (1 June 2002).
      • “On Measuring the Perfection of Possible Worlds."  Comments presented at the meeting of the Leibniz Society of North America, held in conjunction with the meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association (29 March 2002).
      • “‘ . . . Et serai toujours la même pour vous’:  Personal, Political, and Philosophical Dimensions of the Leibniz-Caroline Correspondence, 1714-1716,?  Presented at a conference on “Leibniz and His Correspondents." Tulane University (18 March 2001).
      • “Malebranche’s Doctrine of Continuous Creation."  Comments presented at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (30 December 1999).
      • "Who Killed God: Darwin and Hume vs. the Design Argument." Gulf Coast Conference on Early Modern Philosophy, Rice University (20 March 1999).
      • "Darwin’s Anti-Creationist Arguments." Presented at a forum organized by Houstonians for Secular Humanism (20 February 1999).
      • “Who’s Afraid of Infinite Numbers: Leibniz and the World Soul." Presented to the meeting of the North American Leibniz Society, held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting (8 May 1998).
      • “Hidden Qualities and Hidden Mechanisms:  Issues of Intelligibility in the Scientific Revolution." Scientia Colloquium, Rice University (16 February 1993).
      • “Miracles in the Best of All Possible Worlds:  Leibniz’s Dilemma and Leibniz’s Razor." Presented at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting (28 March 1992).
      • “Is there a Pre-Established Harmony of Aggregates in the Leibnizian Dynamics, or do Non-Substantial Bodies Interact?" Presented at a conference on “Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Pre-Established Harmony," University of Wisconsin/Madison (20 April 1990).
      • “Occult Qualities and the Scientific Revolution." Presented at the Mellon Workshop on “Philosophy, Science, and Philosophy of Science from Galileo to Newton,? Rice University (May, 1988).
      • “The Vis Viva Controversy and its Aftermath." Presented at the Mellon Workshop on “Philosophy, Science, and Philosophy of Science from Galileo to Newton,? Rice University (May, 1988).
      • “Animism, Supernaturalism, and Dynamics:  Thales to Newton." Presented at the Mellon Workshop on “Philosophy, Science, and Philosophy of Science from Galileo to Newton,? Rice University (May, 1988).
      • “Leibniz’s Theodicy and the Confluence of Worldly Goods" (winner of the 1986 Leibniz Society Essay Competition). Presented at the meeting of the Leibniz Society of North America, American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting (March, 1987).
      • “God’s Phenomena and the Pre-Established Harmony." Presented at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting (28 December 1986).
      • “Compossibility, Harmony, and Perfection in Leibniz." Colloquium paper presented at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting (29 December 1985).