Graeme Hunter | Dominican University College
Graeme Hunter

Graeme Hunter

Research Professor, Faculty of philosophy
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Research Professor Graeme Hunter is a historian of philosophy who publishes for the most part on philosophers of the Early Modern Period. His latest book (2012 and 2013) is on Pascal. He has also written or edited books on Spinoza and Leibniz and is currently doing research toward a book on Descartes. 

Other interests span the history of the discipline. He has published on Plato, Cicero, Hobbes, Descartes, Arnauld, Kant, Bertrand Russell and David Lewis, and in the fields of metaphysics, aesthetics and philosophical logic. 

For many years Hunter has been a contributing editor to the magazine Touchstone, with contributions along the way also to First Things, Crisis, The New Oxford Review, and a number of Canadian newspapers. Some of his more polemical journalistic pieces are included in the collection In the Agora (2006): The Public Face of Canadian Philosophy, edited by Andrew Irvine and John Russell.

Past Lectures:

"The Craft of Education," Chesterton Academy Annual Dinner, Ottawa, May 25, 2019.

Past Courses:
  • An Introduction to Leibnizian Metaphysics
  • Philosophies of Education
  • Descartes Against the Curriculum (seminar)
  • Philosophy of Pascal (seminar)
  • Leibniz’s Mature Philosophy (seminar)
  • Evil in Modern Thought (seminar)

Recent Research Activites

Forthcoming book on Descartes philosophyUnder contract to the University of Toronto Press.


Pascal the Philosopher: An Introduction Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. (Paperback, 2014).

Papers in refereed journals

"Many-minded Leibniz's Many Minds," in William Seager ed., The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism, New York and London, 2020, pp. 44-52.

"In the Fourth Quarter: On turning 75" in Touchstone, TBA

"Looking for Jacobs: Some Trivial Thoughts on the Study of Philosophy," Touchstone, September/October 2019

"A Case of Win-Win: Graeme Hunter on Probability, Death & the Existence of God," Touchstone, July/August, 2019.

“Not Many Gods: On a Famous Objection to Pascal,” forthcoming in Science et Esprit.

“Many-Minded Leibniz’s Many Minds” forthcoming in Routledge collection on Panpsychism, edited by William Seager.

“Leibnizian Materialism,” Dialogue 49 (2011), pp. 573-588.

“« La plus belle proposition modale », ou comment Leibniz améliora la version cartésienne de l’argument ontologique,” in, Descartes et ses critiques, ed. Sébastien Charles, Presses de l’université Laval, 2011.