Biography:Matthew Stuart (philosopher)

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Matthew Stuart
Born1966/1967 (age 53–54)
Alma materCornell University
University of Vermont
Known forAnalytical Historian of Philosophy
Scientific career
Modern Philosophy
InstitutionsBowdoin College
InfluencesJohn Locke, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Eric T. Olson

Matthew Stuart (born 1966/1967) is an American philosopher and a professor of philosophy at Bowdoin College. His primary work is in the field of Early Modern Philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics and focuses on the philosophy of John Locke. He is the author of Locke’s Metaphysics (Oxford Clarendon Press, 2013) in which he takes a unique approach to John Locke's work "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" to view it as a strong Metaphysical text, rather than just that of epistemology.[1] Some ideas approached in his book focus on "Locke's denial that bodies can be co-located", that "empty spaces within a body are not parts of [them]", that "[Locke's] relativism about identity equips him to respond to objects to his account of personal identity", and that of Locke's "rejection of essentialism".[2]

Stuart has expressed sympathy to several Ontological views including: Animalism (philosophy) and the rejection of Identity (philosophy) as transitive.

Stuart received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Vermont and earned a Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy at Cornell University. He has been employed at Bowdoin College since 1993.


A Companion to Locke (Editor). Oxford: Wily-Blackwell Publishing Co., 2016.

Locke’s Metaphysics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2013.


  1. Stuart, Matthew (2013). Locke's Metaphysics (1 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964511-4. 
  2. Stuart, Matthew (2013). Locke's Metaphysics (1 ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964511-4. Stuart (philosopher) was the original source. Read more.