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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 at 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 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 Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (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
  • MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History

Other Professional Activities

Upcoming Talks:

  • EMPHASIS, University of London – 3 March 2018

‘Antonio Genovesi and Leibnizio-Wolffianism in eighteenth-century Sicily’.

  • Oxford Hume Forum – 9 March 2018 

‘Hume in Rheims, 1734’.

  • Cambridge Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar – 21 May 2018

Alquanto Vesuviano: Giambattista Vico’s Reception in Naples, c. 1710-1792’.

  • TORCH, University of Oxford – 29 May 2018

‘David Hume and diplomacy, 1746-1769’.

  • University of York – 14-15 June 2018

‘Political Thought and “The Enlightenment” in Naples, 1647-1799’.

Upcoming Exhibition:

  • Old Library, Christ's College, Cambridge (24 January-26 April 2018)

'Liberty in Print: John Locke, Thomas Hollis, and the Christ's College Two Treatises of Government'.


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications


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


‘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.