Dugald Murdoch
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Dugald Murdoch was born in Glasgow, and received his higher education at the universities of Glasgow, Uppsala, and Oxford. At Glasgow he gained an M.A. in English (1966) and in Philosophy (1970), and at Oxford a B.Bhil. in Philosophy (1973) and a D.Phil. in Philosophy (1981). In 1976 he moved to New Zealand, to teach Philosophy at the University of Canterbury. He returned to Europe in 1991, to the University of Stockholm, as Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Philosophy, and later as Professor. He is now Professor Emeritus.


Main interests

Murdoch's teaching has been mainly in the philosophy of science, epistemology, and the history of Western philosophy, ancient and modern. His research interests are largely in the philosophy of science, epistemology, and the history of modern philosophy, Descartes' philosophy being a special interest.

Publications (selection)

  • 'Abstraction vs. Exclusion', in The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2015.
  • 'Descartes: the Real Distinction', in The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics, Routledge, London, 2009.
  • 'Induction, Hume, and Probability', The Journal of Philosophy, 99, nr 4 (April), 185-199, 2002.
  • 'Bohr', A Companion to the Philosophy of Science, ed. W.H. Newton-Smith, Blackwell, Oxford, 2000.
  • 'The Cartesian Circle', The Philosophical Review, 108 (2), 221-224, 1999.
  • 'The Bohr-Einstein Dispute', Niels Bohr and Contemporary Philosophy, ed. Jan Faye and Henry Folse, Kluwer, Amsterdam, 1994.
  • 'Exclusion and Abstraction in Descartes's Metaphysics', The Philosophical Quarterly, 43, 38-57, 1993.
  • The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: the Correspondence, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991 (with John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, and Anthony Kenny).
  • Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1988 (with Cottingham and Stoothoff).
  • Niels Bohr's Philosophy of Physics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987.
  • The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, two volumes, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1984 and 1985 (with Cottingham and Stoothoff).