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Dr Felix Waldmann

Dr  Felix  Waldmann

J. H. Plumb College Lecturer and Fellow, Christ's College

Christ's College
St Andrew's Street

Cambridge CB2 3BU


I read History as an undergraduate at Caius, after which I was awarded a Jane Eliza Procter Fellowship to Princeton University. I returned to Caius for the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and received the Quentin Skinner Prize. I subsequently completed a doctorate on Settecento Naples, shortly after I was elected to a four year Junior Research Fellowship in History at Christ’s. I am now the J. H. Plumb College Lecturer and Fellow in History at Christ's, where I serve as a Tutor, and as Director of Studies in History for Parts I and II and the joint degree in History and Modern Languages. 

I currently co-convene the Seminar in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and I co-administer the Cambridge Italian Research Network, with Dr Melissa Calaresu, Professor Robert Gordon, and Professor Mary Laven

Departments and Institutes

Christ's College :

Research Interests

  • Early Modern European Intellectual History
  • History of Political Thought
  • History of Philosophy

My research focuses on intellectual history and political thought in early modern Britain and Western Europe. I am particularly interested in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the historiography of ‘The Enlightenment’.

I have also worked, microscopically, on the life and thought of David Hume (1711-76) and John Locke (1632-1704).

In 2014, I edited Further letters of David Hume for the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, and I am currently editing Hume’s Occasional writings and manuscripts for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume (Oxford University Press). 

Most of my time is spent converting my doctorate into a book: After Vico: Philosophy, politics, and The Enlightenment in Naples, 1668-1799. The book draws on extensive archival research in Italy and Central Europe to provide a revisionist history of political thought and The Enlightenment in Naples, running from the birth of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) to the creation of the Parthenopean Republic (1799). 


  • Part I, Paper 16
  • Part I, Paper 17
  • Part I/II, Paper 19/4
  • Part I/II, Paper 20/5
  • HAP
  • Themes and Sources: History of Collecting and Utopian Writing, 1516-1789
  • MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History

Other Professional Activities

Upcoming Talks

  • Reinhart Koselleck's Legacy in Germany and Beyond

Symposium on Axel Körner's America in Italy: the United States in the political thought and imagination of the Risorgimento, 1763-1865.

21 November 2018.

  • IASH, University of Edinburgh

'Hume as a reader of erudition'.

3 May 2019

  • Centre for Material Texts, Cambridge

'Prolegomena to a revised edition of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government'.

16 May 2019

  • Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar, Cambridge

'Giambattista Vico's Reception in Naples, c.1710-1792'.

20 May 2019


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications


Further letters of David Hume (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 2014).


(with J. C. Walmsley) 'John Locke and the toleration of Catholics: a new manuscript', Historical Journal, forthcoming.

'Additions and corrections to Hight's Correspondence of George Berkeley', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 120C (2019), forthcoming.

'An unpublished letter from Herbert of Cherbury to Grotius on the Expeditio in Ream Insulam: commentary, text, and translation', Grotiana, 39 (2018), pp. 1-14.  

'David Hume, Adam Smith, and William Hamilton of Bangour: a misattribution', Notes and Queries, 65 (2018), pp. 304-6.

‘Additions to de Beer’s Correspondence of John Locke’, Locke Studies, 15 (2015), pp. 31-52.

‘Locke, Horace, and a syllabus errorum’, Locke Studies, 15 (2015), pp. 3-29.

‘John Locke and a René Descartes epitaph’, Notes and Queries, 62 (2015), pp. 260-3.

The Library of John Locke: additions, corrigenda, and a conspectus of pressmarks’, Bodleian Library Record, 26 (2013), pp. 36-58.