Patricia Easton

Patricia Easton

Ms. Easton, an ex officio member, is executive vice president and provost at Claremont Graduate University, and professor of Philosophy. She received her BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Glendon College, York University, and her MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Easton specializes in the history of modern philosophy, particularly the philosophy of Rene Descartes and the Cartesians of the seventeenth century. Her interests also include the philosophy of mind, the history of science, and the history of philosophy. Her current research examines the role of mechanization in developments in medicine and psychology in early modern science. As a recipient of the Borchard Scholar-in-Residency Grant, Ms. Easton spent the fall of 2000 in France working on an extended study of Desgabets’s writings. She also directed and edited The Descartes Web Site that features seventeenth-century French and English editions of Descartes’ work, The Passions of the Soul. At CGU, she teaches courses and seminars in early modern philosophy, as well as team-taught courses in the Transdisciplinary program.