Staff Profile:Professor John Cottingham

John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.
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Professor Cottingham's principal research interests are in early-modern philosophy (especially Descartes), moral philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
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Prof. Cottingham's principal research interests are in early-modern philosophy (especially Descartes) and in the philosophy of life. Apart from numerous articles, he has published ten books as sole author, including Descartes, The Rationalists, Philosophy and the Good Life, and On the Meaning of Life, and has also produced many editions, translations and edited collections. He is co-editor and translator of the three-volume standard Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, and is editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy. Among his recent books are The Spiritual Dimension (Cambridge, 2005), which deals with central themes in the philosophy of religion, and Cartesian Reflections (2008), a collection of his papers on Descartes. The Moral Life, a Festschrift honouring his work on moral psychology, ethics and religion, was published in 2008.
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