Felix Waldmann

J. H. Plumb College Lecturer and Fellow in History, Christ's College
Dr Felix Waldmann

I received a double-starred First in History from 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 on a Gates Scholarship, 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 CalaresuProfessor Robert Gordon, and Professor Mary Laven. I formerly co-convened the Seminar in Political Thought and Intellectual History.  


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Christ's College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BU


Key publications

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David Hume, Occasional Writings and Unpublished Manuscripts (Oxford University Press: Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume). 


After Vico: Philosophy, Politics, and the Enlightenment in Naples, 1668-1799 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in preparation).

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


'John Locke as a reader of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan: a new manuscript', Journal of Modern History, forthcoming (2021).

'David Hume in Chicago: a twentieth-century hoax', Journal of British Studies, forthcoming (2020).

'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 GuardianThe ObserverThe Washington PostThe Baltimore SunForbesSmithsonian MagazinePublicoFrance CultureIl Foglio, Capital Gazette (Annapolis)Daily NousNational ReviewSpiked

'Additions and corrections to Hight's Correspondence of George Berkeley', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 119C (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.