Oxford New Histories of Philosophy speaks to a growing concern to broaden and reexamine philosophy’s past. As professional philosophers grapple with the scarcity of women and people of color in their discipline, and as teachers of philosophy struggle to design courses that speak to their students’ diverse interests, there is a palpable need for change. We intend Oxford New Histories of Philosophy to have a major impact on how philosophy is taught and practiced in the English-speaking world.

By assuming that our philosophical past can help to invigorate our courses, the series explores the fascinating twists and turns in philosophy’s rich history. And, by making long-lost readings available, its books are helping instructors to rethink their standard courses and speak to a new generation of students eager to discover the full breadth and variety of philosophy. Oxford New Histories of Philosophy books are useful to anyone wishing to diversify or rethink a philosophy course or area of research, whether problem-related or historical.

There are two kinds of books in this series:

  1. Primary texts: The first includes primary texts, organized around a prominent author or topic, along with a philosophically astute and historically rich introduction. The goal is to help instructors and scholars navigate unexplored materials in the history of philosophy.
  2. Philosophical commentaries: The second kind of books are philosophical commentaries on important non-canonical primary materials. Whether a single-authored monograph or collection of essays, these will explicate and evaluate works and topics left out of standard narratives. The goal is to offer sophisticated analyses of understudied primary materials.