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Ancient Wisdom Front CoverAncient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of Philosophy in England, c. 1640–1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2015; paperback 2017), 700pp

Named as a Book of the Year for 2016 by the Times Literary Supplement.

1. Journal of Historical Geography (2016) [Robert Mayhew]
2. Reviews in History (2016) [William Bulman], and my response
3. Isis (2016) [Dirk van Miert]
4. Renaissance Quarterly (2016) [Johann Sommerville]
5. Journal of British Studies (2017) [Ted McCormick]
6. History of Humanities (2017) [Henk Nellen]
7. English Historical Review (2017) [Diego Lucci]
8. American Historical Review (2017) [John Henry]


Faith and History: Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe, edited by D. Levitin and N. Hardy, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

Published articles/book chapters

‘”Radical” history writing in 1650s England: the case of John Beale’, in Radicalism and Dissent in the World of Protestant Reform, eds., Bridget Heal and Anorthe Kremers (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017)

‘Newton and scholastic philosophy’, British Journal for the History of Science, 49 (2016)

‘Egyptology, the limits of antiquarianism, and the origins of conjectural history, c. 1680–1740′, History of European Ideas, 41 (2015)

‘”Made up from many experimentall notions”. The Society of Apothecaries, medical humanism, and the rhetoric of experience in 1630s London’, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 70 (2014)

‘Rethinking English physico-theology: Samuel Parker’s Tentamina de Deo (1665)’, Early Science and Medicine, 19 (2014)

‘The experimentalist as humanist: Robert Boyle on the history of philosophy’, Annals of Science, 71 (2014)

‘John Spencer’s De legibus Hebraeorum (1683–85) and ‘enlightened’ sacred history: a new interpretation’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 76 (2013)

‘Edmund Halley and the Eternity of the World Revisited’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 67 (2013)

‘John Locke’, in The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

‘From sacred history to the history of religion: Pagans, Jews and Christians in European Historiography from the Reformation to “Enlightenment”‘, Historical Journal, 55 (2012)

‘Matthew Tindal’s Rights of the Christian Church (1706) and the Church-State Relationship’, Historical Journal, 54 (2011)

‘Reconsidering John Sergeant’s Attacks on Locke’s Essay’, Intellectual History Review, 20 (2010)


‘Confessionalisation and erudition in early modern Europe: a comparative overview’, in Faith and history: confessionalisation and erudition in early modern Europe, eds., D. Levitin and N. Hardy, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

(with S. Mandelbrote), ‘Isaac Newton and theological erudition in late seventeenth-century England: with an edition of Newton’s divinity disputation’ (30,000 words), in Faith and history: confessionalisation and erudition in early modern Europe, eds., D. Levitin and N. Hardy, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

‘What was the comparative history of religion in seventeenth-century Europe?’, in Regimes of comparatism, eds., R. Gagné, S. Goldhill, and G. Lloyd (Chicago University Press, forthcoming, 2017)

‘Experimental philosophy: a non-Anglocentric overview’, in Early modern experimental philosophy, metaphysics, and religion, eds., P. Anstey and A. Vanzo (New York, Routledge, forthcoming, 2017)

‘The historical assumptions behind the General Scholium’, in Newton’s General Scholium, eds., S. Ducheyne, S. Mandelbrote and S. Snobelen (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)

‘Attitudes to ancient philosophy’, in The Cambridge history of the philosophy of science, eds., D. Jalobeanu and D. Miller (Cambridge, forthcoming, c. 2020)

In preparation

1. The kingdom of darkness: Bayle, Newton, comparative religion, and the rejection of philosophy

2. An age of erudition: a new model of religious and intellectual change in early modern Britain

3. (with Anthony Milton), University disputations in Elizabethan England: an edition of and commentary on two unique verbatim accounts (1593) 


P. Harrison, The Territories of Science and Religion (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2015), English Historical Review (advance access)

H. Nellen, Hugo Grotius: A lifelong struggle for peace in Church and State, 1583–1645 [Trans. by J. C. Grayson of Hugo de Groot, een leven in strijd om de vrede, 1583–1645 (Amsterdam: Balans, 2007)] (Leiden: Brill, 2015), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 67 (2016)

G. Tarantino, Republicanism, Sinophilia, and Historical Writing. Thomas Gordon (c. 1691–1750) and his History of England (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), Intellectual History Review (2014)

S. Corneanu, Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), Early Science and Medicine, 18 (2013)

Francis Lodwick, On Language, Theology, and Utopia, eds., Felicity Henderson and William Poole (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), The Seventeenth Century, 28 (2013)

V. Nuovo, Christianity, Antiquity and Enlightenment: Interpretations of Locke (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), Journal for the History of Philosophy, 51 (2013)


Essay review of David Wootton’s The Invention of Science (2015), London Review of Books (September 2016)

Essay review of Peter Marshall’s 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation (2017), Literary Review (August 2017)

Essay review of Rob Iliffe’s Priest of Nature: the Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton (2017), Literary Review (September 2017)