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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, History and Modern Languages, and History and Politics. 

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

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 Europe. I am particularly interested in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the historiography of ‘The Enlightenment’.

I have also worked 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. I am currently editing Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and Occasional Writings and Unpublished Manuscripts for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume (Oxford University Press) and John Locke's Two Treatises of Government for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke (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 the Enlightenment in Naples, running from the birth of Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) to the creation of the Parthenopean Republic (1799). 


  • Part I, Paper 5
  • 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
  • Themes and Sources: Utopian Writing, 1516-1789
  • MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Under Contract

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (Oxford University Press: Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke).

David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and Other Philosophical Manuscripts (Oxford University Press: Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume). 

David Hume, Occasional Writings and Unpublished Manuscripts (Oxford University Press: Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume). 


Further Letters of David Hume (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 2014), ix + pp. 315.

Reviews: James Harris, Times Literary Supplement (7 November 2014), p. 24; M.A. Stewart, Eighteenth-Century Scotland, 28 (2014), pp. 19-20; Moritz Baumstark, Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 9 (2014), pp. 101-4; David Purdie, University of Edinburgh Journal, 46 (June 2014), p. 184; Jenny Davidson, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 56 (2016), pp. 712-13.


'John Locke as a reader of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan: a new manuscript', Journal of Modern History, forthcoming.

'David Hume in Chicago: manuscript transmission, source criticism, and a twentieth-century hoax', Journal of British Studies, forthcoming.

'Additions to Further letters of David Hume', Hume Studies, forthcoming. 

(with J. C. Walmsley) 'John Locke and the toleration of Catholics: a new manuscript', Historical Journal, 62 (2019), pp. 1093-1115, co-authored summary in Times Literary Supplement.

News coverage in The Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, The ObserverThe Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun, Forbes, Smithsonian MagazinePublicoFrance Culture, Il Foglio, Capital Gazette (Annapolis)Daily NousNational ReviewSpiked

'Additions and corrections to Hight's Correspondence of George Berkeley', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy119C (2019), pp. 229-58.

'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.