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. She is editor of A Companion to Hume (Blackwell, 2008) and co-editor of Late Modern Philosophy: Essential Readings with Commentary (Blackwell, 2007). She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Hume Studies, and Philosophy Compass. She 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 current work consists of several articles on Hume's moral and motivational psychology and his theory of the passions. She also has a book in progress, Hume, Passion, and Action (under contract with Oxford University Press), on Hume's motivational psychology and the contemporary Humean theory of motivation.