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Christia Mercer

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Title Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy
Department Philosophy
Email cm50@columbia.edu
Phone +1 212 854 3190
Address 707 Philosophy
Mail Code: 4983
United States
Biography

Gustave M. Berne Professor; North American Editor, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.

M.A., Philosophy, Rutgers (1978). Latin Certificate, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (1980-81). Universität Münster, Münster, Germany (1984-85). M.A., Philosophy, Princeton University (1984). Ph.D., Philosophy, Princeton University (1989).

Teaching: Besides teaching courses in the history of philosophy, Mercer teaches Philosophy and Feminism, Literature Humanities, Art Humanities, and related courses.

Areas of Present Research: Seventeenth-Century Aristotelianism, Platonism, and Humanism; early modern history of science, metaphysics, and philosophical method. She has three main works in progress: a series of articles on how the interpretation offered in her book, Leibniz’s Metaphysics: Its Origins and Development, applies to Leibniz’s later works; a book-length reevaluation of the development of early modern philosophy in pre-Enlightenment Germany, entitled 'Divine Madness': Metaphysics, Method, and Mind in Early Modern German Philosophy; and an historical and critical study of the notion of matter in the development of seventeenth-century science, entitled Material Difficulties: Matter, Explanation, and Mind in Early Modern Philosophy.

Areas of Competence:Renaissance and Sixteenth-Century Philosophy; Philosophical Theology; Ancient Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy, especially Augustine and Platonism; Feminism and History of Feminism