Emily Carson

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Emily Carson
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
emily.carson [at] mcgill.ca
Leacock 936
Research areas: 
Early Modern Philosophy
History and Philosophy of Mathematics

Emily Carson earned an MA in Philosophy at McGill, and a PhD in Philosophy at Harvard. Her primary area of research is in early modern philosophy and the intersection of philosophy, mathematics and science in that period, with a particular focus on Kant’s philosophy of mathematics. She is an Executive Editor with the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

Teaching areas: 

Kant, Early Modern Philosophy

Selected publications: 
  • “Arithmetic and the possibility of experience” to appear in a volume on Kant’s philosophy of mathematics edited by Carl Posy and Ofra Rechter, Cambridge University Press.
  • “Pure intuition and Kant’s synthetic a priori”, 2012, in Debates in modern philosophy, edited by Antonia LoLordo and Stewart Duncan, Routledge.
  • “Sensibility: space and time, transcendental idealism” in Kant: Key Concepts, edited by Kristina Engelhardt and Will Dudley, Acumen 2011.
  • “Hintikka on Kant’s mathematical method” in Revue Internationale de Philosophie, volume 250, no. 4, 2010.
  • “Leibniz on Locke on mathematical knowledge”, Locke Studies 7 (2007), pp.21-47.
  • “Locke and Kant on mathematical knowledge”, in Carson and Huber (eds.) [2006]: Intuition and the Axiomatic Method, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 3-21.
  • “Locke on simple and mixed modes”, Locke Studies, volume 5, 2005, pp. 19-39.
  • “Metaphysics, mathematics and the distinction between the sensible and the intelligible in Kant’s Inaugural Dissertation”, Journal of the History of Philosophy (37), 2004, pp. 652-79.
  • “Locke’s account of certain and demonstrative knowledge”, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10(3), August 2002, pp.359-78.
  • "Kant on the method of mathematics", Journal of the History of Philosophy, October 1999, volume XXXVII, no. 4, pp.629-52.
  • "Kant on intuition in geometry", Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol.27, Number 4, December, 1997, pp.489-512.
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