The Team

Professor Aileen Fyfe

Professor Knud Haakonssen

Professor Colin Kidd

Professor Richard Whatmore

Dr Felicity Loughlin

Felicity Loughlin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews, where she is working on the ‘Learning & Unbelief’ strand of the After Enlightenment project. Her research and teaching interests lie in the intellectual, cultural and religious history of Scotland and Europe, c.1650–c.1850. She is especially interested in their turbulent histories of religious debate, the intersections between religious belief and the history of scholarship, and the significance of religious thought on understandings of the self, society and the wider world. She has published on classical reception in eighteenth-century Europe and the religious debates of the Scottish Enlightenment. Before coming to St Andrews, Felicity was awarded a Ph.D. in History from the University of Edinburgh for a thesis on the importance of paganism in the religious debates of the Scottish Enlightenment. She is currently working on publishing her doctoral research as a monograph.

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Dr Bill Jenkins

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Bill Jenkins is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of St Andrews. He works on the natural philosophy strand of After the Enlightenment. Prior to coming to St Andrews he was a teaching fellow and course coordinator for History of Science at the University of Edinburgh from 2016 to 2018. During the same period he also worked as a cultural engagement fellow on the Curious Edinburgh cultural engagement project at Edinburgh. His research focuses on science in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scotland. He is the author of Evolution Before Darwin: Theories of the Transmutation of Species in Edinburgh, 1804–1834, to be published by Edinburgh University Press in October 2019. Other published work has included articles on phrenology, the plurality of worlds debate in the early nineteenth century and the circulation of natural history specimens in the 1820s.

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Dr Lina Weber

Lina Weber is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of History at the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on Dugald Stewart’s (1753-1828) moral philosophy and political economy. Her project explores Stewart’s contribution to a European debate on the social, economic, and political problems of modern society. She is co-editor of the Lectures on Political Economy for the forthcoming Edinburgh Edition of Dugald Stewart. Furthermore, Lina is working on a monograph which explores the participation of Dissenters, Dutch, and Jews in the evolution of Britain’s state finance from an intellectual history perspective.

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John S. Warren

John S. Warren is an Honorary Research Fellow of St.Andrews University, Institute of Intellectual History; working on the ‘After the Enlightenment’ project under Professor Colin Kidd. His areas of interest have included early evolutionary theory, and atheism and deism in early or pre-Enlightenment Scotland; with such published papers as ‘Darwin’s missing links’ (2017)’ and ‘Shining a light in dark places’ (2017-18). His earlier work, pre-retirement was not in academia, but business; in both large corporations and SMEs. His final role was Commercial Director of a Listed public company in the Leisure sector; where he was responsible for business development and acquisitions. Earlier he worked for a major brewer, was also in the travel sector; and in the 1980s, the media, including Scottish Television, as Head of Business Development. He acknowledges that his long and wide experience of business, of the politics of business, of the pressures, tensions and uncertainties that unfold; and of the workings of human behaviour under pressure, has informed his work in intellectual history.