Roger Ariew is professor and chair of the department of philosophy at the University of South Florida, author of Descartes and the First Cartesians (2014), Descartes and the Last Scholastics (1999), 2nd ed. as Descartes among the Scholastics (2011), coauthor of Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy (2nd ed., 2015), and editor and translator of such works as Descartes, Philosophical Essays (2000) and Pascal, Pensées (2005). He is currently working on Descartes’ Correspondence: A Historical-Critical Edition and English Translation, circa 7 volumes, with Theo Verbeek, Erik-Jan Bos, and others.
Richard T. W. Arthur is professor of philosophy at McMaster University. He is the author of G. W. Leibniz: The Labyrinth of the Continuum (2001), Natural Deduction (2011), and Leibniz (2014). He has published more than fifty articles and given more than seventy public presentations on early modern philosophy, history and philosophy of science and mathematics, and philosophy of modern physics. He is the former president of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science and is a member of the board of the North American Leibniz Society.
Lesley B. Cormack is a historian of science, interested in the history of geography and mathematics in early modern England and Europe. She is professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580–1620 (1997), A History of Science in Society: From Philosophy to Utility with Andrew Ede (2004), two edited volumes, and numerous scholarly articles on the history of science. She currently serves as president of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.
Daniel Garber is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is the author of Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics (1992), Descartes Embodied (2001), Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad (2007). He edited, with Michael Ayers, the Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Philosophy (1998). He is also the author of numerous articles on the history of philosophy and science in the early modern period. He is currently working on a monograph on the important seventeenth-century scholastico-novator Jacobus Fontialis.
Ursula Goldenbaum is associate professor, Department of Philosophy, Emory University. She is the author of monographs on Spinoza (1995) and on public debates in the eighteenth century (2004), and is coeditor with Douglas Jesseph of Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies between Leibniz and his Contemporaries (2008). She has published about a hundred articles on early modern philosophy, and editions of Leibniz, Rousseau, and Wolff. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2007–8 and is currently a member of the board of the Journal of the History of Ideas and president of the North American Leibniz Society.
Geoffrey Gorham is professor of philosophy at Macalester College and resident fellow of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota. He has published numerous articles on early modern philosophy and science in journals such as Journal of the History of Philosophy, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, and Early Science and Medicine.
Benjamin Hill (PhD, Iowa 2003) is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and a founding member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. He began his intellectual career in mathematics before moving to history and philosophy. He has long been interested in Lockean empiricism, the connections between sensory-based beliefs and scientific knowledge, and the status of medicine and medical knowledge in the seventeenth century. In addition to this volume, he is a coeditor of The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez (2012) and a Sourcebook in the History of the Philosophy of Language (2016).
Dana Jalobeanu is reader in philosophy and director of the Institute of Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest. Her work on the emergence of experimental philosophy combines the history and philosophy of science perspective with history of science and history of philosophy. She is coeditor of the Journal of Early Modern Studies, executive editor of Society and Politics, and co-organizer of the Princeton-Bucharest seminar in early modern philosophy. Recent publications include The Art of Experimental Natural History: Francis Bacon in Context (2015), edited with Peter Anstey, and Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond (2011).
Douglas Jesseph is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Berkeley’s Philosophy of Mathematics (1993), Squaring the Circle: The War Between Hobbes and Wallis (2003), and numerous essays on early modern philosophy, mathematics, and methodology.
Carla Rita Palmerino is professor of history of modern philosophy at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and professor of philosophy at the Open University. Her research focuses on seventeenth-century theories of matter and motion, with particular emphasis on the debate concerning the ontological and mathematical foundation of Galileo’s new science, on diagrammatic reasoning, and on the use of thought experiments in early modern science and philosophy.
Eileen Reeves is professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. She has published Painting the Heavens: Art and Science in the Age of Galileo (1997), Galileo’s Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror (2008), Evening News: Optics, Astronomy and Journalism in Early Modern Europe (2014), and, with Albert Van Helden, On Sunspots (2010). She is an associate member of the Program in the History of Science and the current chair of the Department of Comparative Literature.
Edward Slowik is professor of philosophy at Winona State University and a resident fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. His main area of research is the history and philosophy of science, with special emphasis on the philosophy of space in contemporary physics and early modern philosophy. He is the author of Cartesian Spacetime (2002) and numerous essays.
Christopher Smeenk is associate professor of philosophy at Western University, and director of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. His research has focused on the interplay between theory and evidence in physics. This includes projects regarding Newton’s methodology, the discovery of general relativity, and recent work in early universe cosmology. He has also worked on topics in general philosophy of science and foundations of physics.
Justin E. H. Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris. He is the author, most recently, of Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Race in Early Modern Philosophy (2015).
Kurt Smith is professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University. He specializes in the metaphysics, the epistemologies, and the methodologies of the early modern period. He is author of Matter Matters: Metaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period (2010), The Descartes Dictionary (2015), and several book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia entries on early modern theories of ideas and ideational representation. His current research focuses on conceptions of the unconscious that emerge in the modern period.
C. Kenneth Waters is Canada Research Chair in logic and philosophy of science. His research focuses on the epistemology and metaphysics of scientific practices, especially investigative practices using genetics and theoretical practices in evolutionary biology. He is coeditor of Scientific Pluralism, Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science, volume 19.