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Principal Investigator

Douglas Hedley is currently Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College. He is Director of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism


David Leech is currently Senior Lecturer in the department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol. He has authored site pages and maintained the project’s blog as well as overseen the selection of texts, editing, and translating work in collaboration with the Principal Investigator. He has published extensively on Cambridge Platonism, and is the author of The Hammer of the Cartesians: Henry More’s Philosophy of Spirit and the Origins of Modern Atheism (Peeters, 2013) as well as co-editor with Douglas Hedley of the recent Revisioning Cambridge Platonism: Sources and Legacy (Springer, 2019).

Technical Director

Michael Hawkins has been part of the project since its inception. During its funded phases, he was responsible for all its technical aspects, including the establishment of the encoding policies, the design of the website, the development of its underlying infrastructure, and the management of digital assets. He completed his PhD on Thomas Willis’s neurocartography of the passions in 2004 at the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London. He has served as Technical Director of numerous digital humanities projects over the past seventeen years, including Darwin Correspondence Project (Cambridge University Library), the Newton Project (University of Oxford) and the Wordsworth Project (University of Newcastle), The Casebooks Project (Cambridge University), Livingstone Online (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL), and the British Living Standards Project (University of Sussex).

Senior Editors

James Bryson was a Research Associate on the AHRC Cambridge Platonists at the Origins of Enlightenment Project for two years. A scholar of Christian Platonism, his work on the project included editorial and transcription work, as well research on Henry More’s ethics and on the Platonic-Cabbalism of the group. He is the author of The Christian Platonism of Thomas Jackson (2016). Dr Bryson is moving on to the Martin-Grabmann-Research Institute for Medieval Theology and Philosophy based at the Ludwigs-Maximillian University in Munich where he will conduct research on romantic and early modern theories of love, focusing particularly on the work of Franz van Baader, as a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow.

Mark Burden joined the project as a Research Associate (University of Bristol) in October 2016. He has transcribed many of More’s Latin texts and Cudworth’s manuscript writings for the Sourcebook, and has taken primary responsibility for editing Conway’s Principles in Latin and English, Smith’s Select Discourses, Whichcote’s sermons and letters, and a range of texts from More’s 1662 Collection. As well as producing the site’s bibliographic materials, he has contributed to the ‘Reception’ pages and written the ‘Textual Introduction’ (publication history) to the Sourcebook. He is also the author of several articles on puritan and dissenting intellectual culture and early-modern women’s history.

Christian Hengstermann joined the project Cambridge Platonism at the Origins of the Enlightenment when it was piloted in 2016. From 2016–2017, he worked as a research associate, continuing his work as a consultant and senior editor from 2017–2019. As a research associate, he transcribed and translated Henry More’s Censura Philosophiae Teutonicae. In tandem with David Leech, he also translated More’s Ad V.C. Epistola altera (with scholia), his Epistolae Quatuor ad Renatum Descartes, his scholia on the Epistola ad V.C., his De secunda editione ad Lectorem praefatio to More’s Enchiridion Ethicum to which he also wrote textual and philosophical introductions. Moreover, he revised a selection of chapters from Edward Southwell’s early modern English translation of More’s principal ethical work with an introduction and explanatory notes. His PhD thesis was about Origen and his metaphysics of freedom (Münster, 2016). He has edited several volumes and published on early modern and ancient patristic metaphysics and ethics and organized several workshops and conferences on Origen and Cambridge Platonism in Cambridge, Münster and Bochum. He worked as a substitute professor of early Christian Studies at the Divinity Faculty of the University of Münster. Among his other contributions to the Sourcebook is an essay on Henry More as a Neo-Latin writer.

Assistant Editors

Janet Yvonne Martin-Portugues was an Assistant Editor in 2019. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of London. Before joining Casebooks, she worked for Universal Pictures International managing digital assets, for Amnesty International as liaison officer between the International Secretariat in London and the section offices worldwide, and for the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex as a research assistant. From 2004, she was a freelance transcriber and encoder for the Newton Project and was the project manager for the Enlightening Science Project. She is currently the Project Manager for Newton and The Mint Project in the Faculty of History, University of Oxford and is transcribing and encoding William Wordsworth’s poetry for The Wordsworth Project, University of Newcastle.

Dr Robert Ralley has worked in digital humanities for over a decade and was an Assistant Editor in the Cambridge Platonism Project in 2019. From 2000-20018, he was a Senior Editor for The Casebooks Project in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. He is currently helping to edit and encode Isaac Newton’s mathematical writings for the Newton Project in the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. He also independently transcribed and edited Forman’s major guide to astrology and supplied it with a critical introduction. He wrote a PhD dissertation on clerical physicians in fifteenth-century England (Cambridge, 2005), held a Wellcome Research Fellowship focussing on ‘Medical Times in Late Medieval England’, and has published on the history of medicine, astrology, and magic.


Marilyn Lewis completed a University of London PhD as a mature student in 2010 on ‘The Educational Influence of Cambridge Platonism: Tutorial Relationships and Student Networks at Christ’s College, Cambridge, 1641-1688’. She is currently an honorary research fellow in the department of Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol. Her work has focused on the prosopography of the Cambridge Platonists and on the minor Cambridge Platonists George Rust and Henry Hallywell. She has published a number of articles, notably ‘“Origenian Platonism” in Interregnum Cambridge’, History of Universities (2017).

Adrian Mihai is Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, and Research Fellow at Clare Hall College. As a British Academy Newton International Fellow, he has worked on the first critical edition of Ralph Cudworth’s The True Intellectual System of the Universe, to be published by Brepols, and written many articles on Ralph Cudworth and on ancient and modern atheism. Presently, he is working on the legacy and reception of Ralph Cudworth’s thought in the 18th and the 19th centuries.

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