Photograph of Professor Sarah Hutton.Professor Sarah Hutton

BA (Cantab) PhD (London)


Office: D61
Phone: +44 (0)1970 628480


Sarah's research focuses on the Renaissance and Seventeenth-century literature and intellectual history, including the history of science and history of philosophy. Areas of specialism include early-modern women’s writing, and the Cambridge Platonists. She is also interested in textual editing and biography.

She is Director of the series, International Archives of the History of Ideas

She co-ordinates the AHRC research network 'Anglo-French Intellectual and Cultural Interchange'.

Additional Interests


Selected to attend the Women of the Year Lunch, October 13th 2008, at which the Women of the Year Awards will be presented

Other roles

Director of International Archives of the History of Ideas (Dordrecht, Springer)

Editorial Board Member of the following journals:

British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Editorial board of book series: Oxford Studies in the History of Philosophy

In November  2004 she was invited to give the Richard H. and Juliet G. Popkin Lecture on 'Religion and the Rights of Woman' at the Clark Library, UCLA Center for Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Studies.

In May 2004 she was invited respondent at the British Academy, Dawes Hickes Symposium, ‘Platonism, Rationalism and God’

Member of Board of the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Consultant to  AHRC-funded Centre for Lives and Letters, Queen Mary College and Birkbeck College, University of London.

Consultant to Newton  Project

Conferences organised (most recent)

2008: Damaris Cudworth Masham (1658/9-1708) to be held on Friday 3rd October 2008 at The Institute of Philosophy, University of London. More information

2006: ‘Rousseau in England’, co-organised with John Hope-Mason, Institute of English Studies, University of London (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London).

2006: ‘Women, Metaphysics and Enlightenment’ (Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London).

2004: ‘Gender, Religion and Enlightenment’, for Feminism and Enlightenment Network, held at Institute of Historical Research, University of London,

Staff Publications


Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy, ed. Sarah Dutton and Paul Schuurman (Springer, 2008)

Benjamin Furly (1646-1714): a Quaker Merchant and his Milieu, Florence: (Olschki, 2007 forthcoming)  (Studi e testi per la storia della toleranza.) PUBLISHED 2007—2 LLs in TOLLERANZA

Platonism at the Origins of Modernity, ed. D. Hedley and S. Hutton. (Dordrecht: Springer) PUBLISHED 2008

Anne Conway, a Woman Philosopher  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Edited collections

Benjamin Furly (1646-1714): a Quaker Merchant and his Milieu, Florence: (Olschki, 2007 forthcoming)  (Studi e testi per la storia della toleranza.)

Platonism at the Origins of Modernity, ed. D. Hedley and S. Hutton. (Dordrecht: Springer)

Newton and Newtonianism ed. J.E. Force and Sarah Hutton, (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004)

Women, Science and Medicine in Early Modern England  ed. L. Hunter and S. Hutton (Stroud: Alan Sutton, Oct. 1997) 

Platonism and the English Imagination, co-editor Anna Baldwin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994, reprinted 1995 and 1998, paperback edition 2005)

Henry More (1614-1687): Tercentenary Studies ed. S. Hutton (Dordrecht:  Kluwer Academic  Publishers, 1990. pp. xi + 254)


Richard Ward, Life of Henry More (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000)

Ralph Cudworth, A Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality and A Treatise  of Freewill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

The Conway Letters: the Correspondence of Anne, Viscountess Conway, Henry More and their Friends, 1642-1684 (a revised edition of a collection originally edited by Marjorie Nicolson in 1930) (Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1992)

Recent Articles

'Virtue, God and Stoicism in the Thought of Elizabeth Carter and Catharine Macaulay', in J. Broad and K. Green (eds), Virtue, Liberty and Toleration. Political Ideas of European Women, 1400-1800 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007, pp. 137-48)

‘Comments on Michael Ayers “Spinoza, Platonism and Naturalism”’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 149 (2007): 79-89

‘Henry More, Ficino and Plotinus: the Continuity of Renaissance Platonism’, in L. Simonutti (ed). Forme del Neoplatonismo (Florence: Olschki, 2007)

‘Iconisms, Enthusiasm and Origen: Henry More reads the Bible’, in Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England, ed. A. Hessayon and N. Keene (London: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 192-207)

‘A Cambridge Constellation?’ in M. Mulsow and M.  Stamm (eds), Konstellationsforschung, (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2005)

‘Descartes’ Earliest Women Readers’ in Receptions of Descartes ed. Tad Schmalz. (London: Routledge,  2005, pp. 3-23)

‘Liberty, Equality and God. The Religious Roots Catherine Macaulay’s Feminism’. Women, Gender and Enlightenment, eds Sarah Knott and Barbara Taylor (Palgrave,  2004)

‘Authority and the Word: Henry More, William Penn and the logos’, Anglophonia, 17(2005), pp. 254-61.

‘Emilie du Châtelet’s Institutions de physique as a document in the history of French Newtonianism’. Cambridge Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, special issue, ed. Scott Mandelbrote, 2004.

‘Women, Science, and Newtonianism: Emilie du Châtelet versus Francesco Algarotti’. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004.

‘A Letter by Anne Conway’ in Reading Early Modern Women. An Anthology of Texts in Manuscript and Print, ed. Helen Ostovich, Elizabeth Sauer. (London: Routledge, 2004)

‘Science and Satire: the Lucianic Voice of Margaret Cavendish’s Description of a New World Called the Blazing World’, in Authorial Conquests. Essays on Genre in the Writings of Margaret Cavendish, ed. L. Cottignies and N. Weitz. (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press and London: Associated University Presses, 2003)

‘Mede, Milton and More: Christ’s College Millenarians’ in Milton and the Ends of Time. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)