Daniel Garber

Professor of Philosophy
Princeton University

Curriculum vitae - pdf.

Address: Department of Philosophy

1879 Hall Princeton University Princeton,

NJ 08544-1006

Telephone: 609-258-4307 (voice)

609-258-1502 (FAX)

609-258-4289 (Departmental office)

Email: dgarber@princeton.edu


Harvard University, 1967-1975

A.B. in Philosophy, 197l

A.M. in Philosophy, 1974

Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1975


Princeton University 2002- Professor of Philosophy

University of Chicago

1995-2002 : Lawrence Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, the Morris Fishbein Center for Study of History of Science and Medicine and the College

1986-2002 Professor

1982-86 Associate Professor (with tenure)

1975-82 Assistant Professor

1998-2002 Chairman, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science formerly Conceptual Foundations of Science)

2001 Acting Chairman, Department of Philosophy

1995-98 Associate Provost for Education and Research

1994-95 Chairman, Conceptual Foundations of Science

Harvard College 1972-75 Teaching Assistant and Tutor

University of Minnesota, Spring 1979, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Johns Hopkins University, 1980-1981, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Princeton University 1982-1983 Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy

Institute for Advanced Study, 1985-1986, Member


"A Theory of Justification"

Advisors: Roderick Firth, Hilary Putnam


1. Metaphysics and epistemology in the history of science and philosophy, especially in the seventeenth century.

2. Philosophy of science, especially questions relating to rational belief and belief change.

LANGUAGES: French, Latin, Italian, German


Since 1976, I have given invited lectures at the APA (all three divisions), History of Science Society, University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Virginia Tech, Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, Brown University, Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne), University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Kings College (University of London), Warburg Institute, Université de Paris X (Nanterre), École Normale Superieure (Paris), École Normale Superieure (Lyon), University of Michigan, Hebrew University (Jersualem Spinoza Institute), University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), Dartmouth College, Harvard University (History of Science), University of Toronto, University of Lecce (Italy), Dibner Institute for the History of Science (M.I.T.), Cambridge University, Université de Bourgogne, Catholic Pontifical University of Saő Paulo (Brazil), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), University of Porto (Portugal), Northwestern University, Indiana University, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), University of Perugia (Italy), Université de Poitiers (France), University of Tel Aviv, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (Paris), Universitŕ degli studi Milano (Italy), Universidade de Săo Paulo (Brazil), University College London (UK), University of Wisconsin, Madison, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, University of California, Irvine, Tulane University, University of Florence (Italy), University of Frankfurt (Germany), Centre Alexandre Koyré (Paris) and numerous other universities, societies, and conferences.


Leibniz: Philosophical Essays. A collection of translations from Leibniz, edited and translated in collaboration with Roger Ariew. (Indianapolis: Hackett Press, 1989). [A second edition is in preparation.]

Descartes' Metaphysical Physics. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992).

The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, ed. by Daniel Garber and Michael Ayers. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). [A paperback version is in preparation.]

La physique métaphysique de Descartes. (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1999). [This is a translation of Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics.]

Descartes Embodied: Reading Cartesian Philosophy through Cartesian Science. (Cambridge University Press, 2001). [This is a collection of some of my previously published articles on Descartes.]

Descartes in Seventeenth-Century England. A series of ten volumes of facsimile reprints, edited and introduced by Daniel Garber and Roger Ariew. Thoemmes Press, 2002.

Storia della Scienza, volume V: La rivoluzione scientifica. Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 2002. [This is an edited volume, edited by DG and Enrico Giusti, part of a complete history of science.]

J.C. Frey: Cribrum Philosophorum (1628). Facsimile edition, with introduction by Daniel Garber and Roger Ariew. Forthcoming: Conte Editore, Lecce (Italy).

Corps cartésiens, Presses Universitaires de France, 2005 [This is a translation of Descartes Embodied]

ARTICLES (selected)

"On the Emergence of Probability," (with Sandy Zabell), Archives for History of Exact Sciences 2l (1979).

"A Point of Order: Analysis, Synthesis, and Descartes's Principles," (with Lesley Cohen) in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 64 (1982), pp. 136-147.

"Mind, Body, and the Laws of Nature in Descartes and Leibniz," Midwest Studies in Philosophy 8 (1983), 105-133.

"Understanding Interaction: What Descartes Should Have Told Elizabeth," Southern Journal of Philosophy 2l supp. (1983), 15-32.

"Leibniz and the Foundations of Physics: the Middle Years," in K. Okruhlik and J. R. Brown (eds.), The Natural Philosophy of Leibniz (Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1985), pp. 27-130.

"How God Causes Motion: Descartes, Divine Sustenance, and Occasionalism," Journal of Philosophy, October 1987.

"Descartes et la méthode en 1637," in Le Discours et sa méthode, edited by J. -L. Marion and N. Grimaldi (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1987), pp. 65-87.

"Descartes les aristoteliciens, et la revolution qui n'eut pas lieu en 1637," in H. Méchoulan, ed., Problématique et réception du Discours de la Méthode (Paris: J. Vrin, 1988).

"Descartes and Occasionalism," in Steven Nadler, ed., Causation in Early Modern Philosophy (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993), pp. 9-26.

"Descartes and Experiment in the Discourse and Essays," in Stephen Voss, ed., Essays on the Philosophy and Science of René Descartes (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 288-310.

"Experiment, Community, and the Constitution of Nature in the Seventeenth-Century," Perspectives on Science 3 (1995), pp. 173-205; reprinted in John Earman and John Norton, eds., The Cosmos of Science: Essays of Exploration (University of Pittsburgh Press and Universitätsverlag Konstanz, 1997), pp. 24-54.

"Descartes and Spinoza on Persistence and Conatus," Studia Spinozana 10 (1994), 43-67. [This volume actually appeared in 1997]

"Leibniz on Form and Matter," in Early Science and Medicine 2 (1997), pp. 326-352.

"Mind and Soul: Life and Thought in the Seventeenth Century," in the Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

"Mind-Body Problems," co-authored with Margaret Wilson, in the Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

"Descartes, or the Cultivation of the Intellect," in A. Rorty, ed., Philosophers on Education (London: Routledge, 1998), 124-138.

" �A Free Man Thinks of Nothing Less than of Death�: Spinoza on the Eternity of the Mind," forthcoming in a festschrift for Margaret Wilson (London: Routledge, 2002).

"Physics, Metaphysics, and the Problem of First Causes," forthcoming in Lorraine Daston and Katherine Park, eds., The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2002).

�Defending Aristotle/Defending Society in Early 17th C Paris,� forthcoming in a collection of papers to be edited by Claus Zittel and Wolfgang Dettel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).


How Aristotle Was Refuted: the Pre-History of the Mechanical Philosophy. A book-length study of the intellectual, social, and cultural background to the rejection of Aristotelian natural philosophy and the emergence of the mechanical philosophy as it happened in the first half of the seventeenth century. Figures treated will include Galileo, Mersenne, Descartes, Hobbes, and Gassendi, in addition to many lesser-known contemporaries. In progress.

Leibniz: Substance, Body, and Force. A book-length study of Leibniz's views on the physical world. It will be concerned with his notions of substance and force, the relation between substances, forces, and the kinds of bodies treated in physics and biology, and the foundations of his mathematical physics. In progress.

The Yale Leibniz. A collaborative project under the general editorship of Daniel Garber and Robert Sleigh. At the invitation of Yale University Press, the editors are starting work on ten volumes of Leibniz's selected writings on philosophy taken broadly, including physics, mathematics, and theology. The completed project will include newly edited original language texts as well as English translations, and will be the joint work of a number of scholars, under the supervision of the general editors. Prospectus available.

The Cambridge Philosophical Texts in Context. A collaborative project under the general editorship of Daniel Garber and John Cottingham. At the invitation of Cambridge University Press, the editors are publishing a series of books joining together primary source materials important for the understanding of key texts in the history of philosophy, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Prospectus available.


American Philosophical Association

Philosophy of Science Association

History of Science Society

British Society for History of Philosophy

Centre d'Etudes Cartésiennes (Université de Paris-IV) (Conseil scientifique)

Leibniz Society of America (Past President)

International Berkeley Society Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science


Co-editor (with Steven Nadler), Oxford Studies in Early-Modern Philosophy

Board of Editors, Oxford Studies in the History of Philosophy

Board of Editors, New Synthese Library of Philosophy (Kluwer)

Board of Editors, Perspectives on Science

Board of Editors, London Studies in the History of Philosophy (Routledge)

Board of Advisors, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.

Consulting Editor, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

Consulting Editor, British Journal for the History of Philosophy.


University of Kentucky (February, 1994)

Wellesley College (February, 1996)

University of California, San Diego (January, 1999)

Washington University, St. Louis (November, 2001)

University of Pittsburgh (HPS) (April, 2002)

University of South Florida (October, 2002)

Duke University (January 2003)


Advisory Council, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1997-2001.

College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Program (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), 2000-2002.

Member, Selection committee, “New Directions” Fellowship program, Mellon Foundation

Member, Conseil Scientifique du Collège International de Philosophie (Paris)

International Board and Honorary Member, Research Center for the Foundations of Early Modern Thought, University of Bucharest

Advisor to the “Babeş-Bolyai” University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) on the History and Philosophy of Science.

Comité international, Corpus Européen de Philosophie Générale et de Philosophie des Sciences en Langue Française