Professor William Mander

Robert Wills Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy;

Bill Mander directs the studies of the undergraduate philosophy students at the college. He teaches ethics, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind metaphysics and epistemology.  He lectures for the philosophy faculty mainly on the history of philosophy, most usually on Hegel and Spinoza.

Bill joined the College in 1989, before which he studied at both University College London and Oxford University.

Bill’s research interests are in nineteenth-century British philosophy (especially, the British Idealists) and early modern philosophy (especially Spinoza, Berkeley, and John Norris), philosophy of religion (especially pantheism) and idealism.

Selected Recent publications


Idealist Ethics (Oxford University Press 2016)

The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press 2014) Edited

British Idealism, a History (Oxford University Press 2011)

The Philosophy of John Norris (Oxford University Press 2008)


‘William Hamilton on Causation’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy, < ;”>2015, 23:2, pp.333-48

‘British Idealism and education for citizenship’ in Thom Brooks (ed) Ethical Citizenship: British Idealism and the Politics of Recognition (Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy) 2014, pp.139-158

‘Hegel and British Idealism,’ in L.Herzog (ed) Hegel’s Thought in Europe; currents, crosscurrents and undercurrents, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp.65-76

‘On arguing for the existence of god as a synthesis between realism and anti-realism,’  International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2013, 74:1, pp.99-115

‘Pantheism,’ entry for Stanford Online Encylopedia of Philosophy (October 2012)

‘T.H.Green, Kant and Hegel’ on Free Will,’ Idealistic Studies, 2012, 42:1, pp.69-89

‘Idealism and the Ontological Argument,’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2012, 20:5, pp.993-1014

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