Michael Hickson


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Dr. Michael Hickson received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. Prior to joining the Trent Philosophy Department, Dr. Hickson was awarded a Research Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame (2010-2011), and was an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California (2011-2013). His recent research has focused on the history of seventeenth-century philosophy, especially Bayle, Descartes, skepticism, and the problem of evil. Increasingly, his research includes both historical and contemporary issues related to conscience and toleration.

Recent Publications:

Pierre Bayle.  Dialogues of Maximus and Themistius.  Translated, edited, and introduced by Michael W. Hickson.  Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History 256/18. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Hickson, Michael W.  “Theodicy and Toleration in Bayle’s Dictionary.”  Journal of the History of Philosophy 51:1 (2013), 49-73.

Hickson, Michael W. "Reductio ad malum: Bayle's Early Skepticism about Theodicy."  Modern Schoolman 88 (3/4): 201-221.

Hickson, Michael W.  “Conscientious Refusals Without Conscience: Why Not?”  Philo: A Journal of Philosophy 13:2 (2011), 167–84.

Hickson, Michael W. “The Moral Certainty of Immortality in Descartes.”  History of Philosophy Quarterly 28:3 (July 2011), 227-46.

Hickson, Michael W. “The Message of Bayle’s Last Title: Providence and Toleration in the Entretiens de Maxime et de Themiste.” Journal of the History of Ideas 71:4 (2010), 547-67.

Hickson, Michael W. & Thomas M. Lennon.  “The Real Significance of Bayle’s Authorship of the Avis.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17:1 (2009), 191–205. 

Hickson, Michael W. & Thomas M. Lennon, “Pierre Bayle,” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/bayle/ (I am responsible for the substantive revisions of 2008 and 2012, as well as forthcoming revisions).

Lennon, Thomas M. & Michael W. Hickson. “The Skepticism of the First Meditation,” in Descartes’ Meditations: A Critical Guide, ed. Karen Detlefsen, (Cambridge UP, 2013), pp. 9-24.