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James Moore, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Political Science
Office: H 1225-28
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2122                   

James Moore’s general area of research is the history of political thought in the era of the Reformation and enlightenment. He attempts to trace the ways in which the philosophers of the enlightenment in Scotland and Reformed Europe responded to the theological, moral and political doctrines of the age of the Reformation. He has held visiting appointments at Calgary, McGill, Edinburgh, Manchester, Groningen, Australian National University and Princeton Theological Seminary.


MA, University of Toronto


POLI 427      Political Thought of  the Enlightenment
POLI 490S    The Skeptical Tradition

Selected Publications

“Presbyterianism and the right of private judgment: church government in Ireland and Scotland in the age of Francis Hutcheson” in Philosophy and Religion in Great Britain and Ireland in the age of enlightenment: essays presented to M.A. Stewart, edited by Ruth Evelyn Savage. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

“Montesquieu and the Scottish enlightenment” in Montesquieu and his legacy, edited by Rebecca E. Kingston: Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.pp. 179-195.

The Meditations of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, translated and annotated by Francis Hutcheson and James Moor.  Edited and introduced by James Moore and Michael Silverthorne. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 2008, pp. 213

“The eclectic Stoic, the mitigated Sceptic” in: New Essays on David Hume, edited by Emilio Mazza and Emanuele Ronchetti. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2007, pp. 133-170.

“Natural rights in the Scottish enlightenment” in: The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, edited by Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler. Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 291-316.

Francis Hutcheson on Logic, Metaphysics and the Natural Sociability of Mankind, edited by James Moore and Michael Silverthorne. Texts translated by Michael Silverthorne and introduced by James Moore. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2006, pp. 237.

“Gilbert Burnet (1690-1726)”, “Gershom Carmichael (1672-1729)” and “Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746)” in: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004: Volume 8, pp. 923-924; Volume 10, pp. 170-171; Volume 28, pp. 997-1002.

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