Ph.D., University of Toronto
Areas of Interest
Early Modern, Leibniz’s Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mathematics, Logic
Professor Harmer works primarily on Early Modern Philosophy, with associated interests in metaphysics, logic, and philosophy of mathematics. His current research investigates theories of matter in the seventeenth century, particularly the views of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and the connections between the nature of matter and the nature of human beings, including questions of personal identity and the relation between the mind (or soul) and the body. He has also published on Leibniz’s philosophy of mathematics, especially his views about infinity and infinite numbers. His future research will engage the relationship between matter and thought in the seventeenth century, as well as provide further insight into Leibniz’s place in the history of mathematical logic.