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Dr Elisabeth Thorson



Elisabeth is a philosopher at Durham University. Her main field of research is within early modern philosophy, in particular John Locke and the relationship between theology and politics in 17th century Europe.

Elisabeth also works on the revival of classical thought such as Platonism, Epicureanism, and Natural Law Theory in the 17th century.

Elisabeth completed her doctoral thesis From Empiricism to Platonism: Locke's Concept of Reason in the Department of Philosophy, the University of York in 2018. 

Elisabeth was previously associated with the University of York, where she lectured 2018-2020 


Research News


"Right Reason and the Power of Platonism in 17th Century Women Philosophers"

The Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy Workshop

October 14-15, 2022

School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

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"Locke's 'Humble Epistemology' against Political and

Religious Extremism"

The ISIH 2022 Conference:

Histories of Knowledge: Political, Historical and Cultural Epistemologies in Intellectual History

September 12-15, 2022

Ca' Foscari

Venice, Italy



Locke on Cognitive Bias: Of the Conduct of the Understanding and diseases of the mind

by Tom Stoneham and Elisabeth Thorson


Research Projects
(coming soon)

Philo of Alexandria

Manuscript work

Damaris Masham 


Durham University
Department of Philosophy 
50 Old Elvet

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"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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