BA (Penn), MA (LSE), PhD (Berkeley).

Knox Peden earned his PhD in History from UC Berkeley in 2009, and also holds an MA in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Between 2008-2010 he worked as a research associate on an AHRC-funded project devoted to the Cahiers pour l'Analyse (1966-69), a journal published in France at the height of the structuralist era. His writings have been published in Modern Intellectual History, History and TheoryHistory of European Ideas, and Radical Philosophy.

Knox is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre, where he specializes in late modern French and German intellectual history. His first book is an account of the resurgence of enthusiasm for Spinoza’s ideas in twentieth-century France. At present, he is completing a survey titled French Philosophy Today: A Historical Introduction, which Bloomsbury will publish in 2015. In 2013 he won a DECRA (2014-2017) from the Australian Research Council for a project on the historical relationship between secularism and philosophy, one which will use a series of “Spinoza Controversies” from the late eighteenth century to the present to structure the inquiry.

Finally, he is in the earliest stages of research into the uses of revisionism and debates about historical methodology provoked by the “global” turn in the humanities. He is co-convening CHED’s Seminar Series in Semester 1 2014, which broaches this theme, and he has also organized with Ian Hesketh a symposium titled “The Aesthetics of Scale: Emerging Trends in Historical Narrative,” to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Australian Historical Association in July 2014. A podcast of his related talk on "Hayden White's Metahistory, Forty Years On" is available here.
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