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Elizabeth S. Radcliffe

Professor, Department Chair

Office: James Blair 134
Email: [[eradcliffe]]
Office phone: 757-221-3343
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Research Interests

Radcliffe's areas of special interest include early modern philosophy, especially Hume and his contemporaries; moral philosophy and metaethics; and action theory and motivational psychology.


Elizabeth S. Radcliffe received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before coming to The College of William and Mary, she was Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University. Professor Radcliffe’s publications have appeared in many philosophy journals and collections. Her book, Hume, Passion, and Action (Oxford University Press), on Hume's theory of the passions and his motivational psychology, is in press.

Radcliffe is also editor of A Companion to Hume (Blackwell, 2008) and co-editor of Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary (Blackwell, 2007). She is on the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and has served on the boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly, Hume Studies, and Philosophy Compass. Radcliffe was co-editor of the journal Hume Studies, with Kenneth Winkler, from 2000-2005, and is past President of The Hume Society. Radcliffe has been the recipient of two NEH Research Fellowships and an NEH Summer Stipend.

Professor Radcliffe’s teaching interests include ethics, early modern philosophy, and the relation between emotion and value.