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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.

'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.