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Emily Grosholz

Emily Grosholz

Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, English, and African American Studies

Director of Philosophy Undergraduate Studies

201 Sparks Building


Office Phone: (814) 865-1676


  1. B.A., Ideas and Methods, The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), 1972
  2. Ph.D., Philosophy, Yale University (New Haven, CT), 1978
  3. Auditor, University of Muenster, 1976-77

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophical Rhetoric
  • African American Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy

Recent Courses

  • Rationalism and Empiricism
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Twentieth Century British Poety
  • African American Philosophy

Recent Publications

  • Time and Cosmology. Special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics which I was invited to guest edit, based on a workshop I organized at Penn State, April 2013; it includes contributions by Abhay Ashtekar, John Norton, Lee Smolin, Gordon Fleming, Jeremy Butterfield, Julian Barbour, Bryan Roberts, Tom Pashby, Alexis de Saint-Ours, and myself. Forthcoming in 2015. 
  • Leibniz, Time, and History . Edited. Special issue of Studia Leibnitiana , Band 44 / Heft 1. Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013. Includes contributions by Jean-Pascal Anfray, Michael Futch, Ursula Goldenbaum, Samuel Levy, Elhanan Yakira, and myself. 
  • Logic and Knowledge . Co-edited with Carlo Cellucci and Emiliano Ippoliti. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 
  • Representation and Productive Ambiguity in Mathematics and the Sciences . Oxford University Press, 2007. 
  • The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. Edited. Oxford University Press, 2004 / 2006. A collection of essays inspired by the 50 th anniversary of The Second Sex . Essays by Susan James, Catherine Wilson, Claude Imbert, Toril Moi, Michèle Le Doeuff, Nancy Bauer, Anne Stevenson, and myself, as well as my Introduction and my translations of the Imbert and Le Doeuff essays. 

  • “Combining Referential and Analytic Modes of Representation in the Study of Large Astronomical Objects,” in The Historicity of Knowledge and Things: Theoretical Perspectives at the Crossroads of History, Epistemology, and Ontology , New Directions in Philosophy of Science Series, Palgrave-Macmillan, K. Vermeir and U. Klein, eds. with Epilogue by H.-J. Rheinberger. Forthcoming. 
  • “Models of the Skies,” Models and Inferences in Science , eds. F. Sterpetti and E. Ippoliti, Springer Verlag. Forthcoming. 
  • “Symmetry,” review essay of Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality , by Edward Frenkel (New York: Basic Books, 2013), Journal of Humanistic Mathematics , forthcoming. 
  • “Letter to the Editor,” Response to Nathalie Nya's response to my essay “Simone de Beauvoir and Practical Deliberation,” PMLA , Vol. 124, No. 1 (January 2009), pp. 199-205, forthcoming in PMLA. 
  • “Leibnizian Analysis, Canonical Objects, and Generalization,” in Handbook on Generality , ed. Karine Chemla, David Rabouin, and Renaud Chorley. Forthcoming in 2015. 
  • “Editor's Introduction,” Special issue on Time and Cosmology, ed. E. Grosholz, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics . Forthcoming in 2015. 
  • “Leibniz's Mathematical and Philosophical Analysis of Time,” in G. W. Leibniz: Interrelations between Mathematics and Philosophy , D. Rabouin, P. Beeley, and N. Goethe, eds., Archimedes Series 41, New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Springer Verlag. In press. 
  • “English Translations of The Second Sex ,” in A Companion to Beauvoir , eds. Nancy Bauer and Laura Hengehold. JohnWiley & Sons, Ltd. Forthcoming. 
  • Review essay of From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women's Rights in Gilded Age America by Kimberley A. Hamlin (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Women's Review of Books , Vol. 32 / 1 (Jan./Feb. 2015), pp. 3-4. 
  • Review essay of Rethinking Logic: Logic in Relation to Mathematics, Evolution, and Method, by Carlo Cellucci (Springer, 2013), Philosophia Mathematica (published online September 2014). 
  • “Fermat's Last Theorem and the Logicians,” From a Heuristic Point of View: Essays in Honor of Carlo Cellucci , E. Ippoliti, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp. 147-162. 
  • Review essay of William Byers, How Mathematicians Think, Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics (Princeton University Press, 2007), The Mathematical Intelligencer , Vol. 36, issue 3 (September 2014), pp. 84-87. 
  • “Leibniz, Locke and Cassirer: Abstraction and Analysis,” Leibniz and Analysis, Studia Leibnitiana , Band 45, Heft 1 (2013), Special issue on Analysis edited by H. Breger and Wen Chao Li, pp. 97-108. 
  • “Reflections on Voice and Character,” in Les Plis de la Voix , ed. M. de Gaudemar, Lambert-Lucas (2013), pp. 81-90. 
  • “Teaching the Complex Numbers: What History and Philosophy of Mathematics Suggest,” Journal of Humanistic Mathematics , Vol. 3, No. 1. (On-line) 
  • “Candles in the Dark: Émilie du Châtelet and Mary Somerville,” review essay of Seduced by Logic: Émilie du Châtelet, Mary Somerville, and the Newtonian Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2012), Hudson Review , Vol. LXV, No. 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 669-676. 
  • “Studying Populations without Molecular Biology: Aster Models and a New Argument Against Reductionism,”  Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2011), pp. 246-51. 
  • “Logic, Mathematics, Heterogeneity,” with a discussion by Valeria Giardino, Logic and Knowledge , E. Grosholz, C. Cellucci and E. Ippoliti, eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, pp. 305-319. 
  • “The Representation of Time in Galileo, Newton and Leibniz: Reference and Analysis,” 2010 Lovejoy Lecture,  Journal of the History of Ideas , Vol. 72, No. 3 (July 2011), pp. 333-350. 
  • “Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Mathematics,” Special issue on philosophy of mathematics,  ed. C. Cellucci,  Paradigmi , Vol. 29, No. 1 (2011). 
  • “Space and Time,” in  The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe , Desmond Clarke and Catherine Wilson, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 51-70. 
  • “Locke et Leibniz: Forme et expérience,” (tr. Gaetan Pegny), in  Locke et Leibniz: Deux styles de rationalité ,  M. de Gaudemar and P. Hamou, eds., Europaea Memoria Series, Series I, Vol. 84, Georg Olms, 2010, pp. 93-108. 
  • “Aristotle, Shakespeare, and the Problem of Character,” Special Issue on Philosophy and Poetry,  Midwest Studies in Philosophy , Vol. XXXIII (2009), E. Lepore, P. A. French, and H. Wettstein, eds., pp. 198-208. 

Current Projects

  • Arithmetic, Number Theory, and Logic. A monograph planned for submission to Oxford University Press in Summer 2015.  Parts of this book will be based on previously published essays and book chapters.
  • Scientia Mathematica Generalis:  G. W. Leibniz. Editions and French and English translations of a collection of texts. With David Rabouin, the primary author for this project.