Louise Hickman

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Louise studied at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge. She has published on various aspects of the history of philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and science and religion, including her monograph Eighteenth Century Dissent and Cambridge Platonism: Reconceiving the Philosophy of Religion. In 2011 she become editor of Reviews in Science and Religion, the journal of the UK’s Science and Religion Forum. She is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion.


Research Interests

Louise researches the history of philosophy, particularly natural theology, in seventeenth and eighteenth century England. Much of her work focuses on Platonism and dissenting traditions of thought. She is keen to bring this interest in history into conversation with the philosophy of religion and with science and religion. This forms the basis of her recent research into an ethico-political re-conception of the philosophy of religion.

Louise welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the following areas: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, and Eighteenth Century English Rational Dissenting thought.


Areas include Philosophy, Ethics, Science and Religion, and Theology.

Administrative Responsibilities

Louise serves on various committees.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • British Society for the History of Philosophy
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Religion
  • International Society for Science and Religion
  • UK Science and Religion Forum

Other Activities



Eighteenth Century Dissent and Cambridge Platonism: Reconceiving the Philosophy of Religion. London: Routledge, 2017.

Edited Books

Forty Years of Science and Religion: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

Chance and Providence: Religious Perspectives on Divine Action. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.


‘The Good, the True and the Beautiful: Imagining an ethico-politico future for the philosophy of religion’ Palgrave Communications, forthcoming 2018.

‘Modelling the Cosmos: Transformative Pedagogy in Science and Religion’, Zygon, 53:3, 2018, pp. 881-886.

‘Casting out Hagar and her children: Richard Price, Platonism and the origins of American Independence’, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 18, 2011, pp. 393-414.

Hickman, L. (2008) ‘Godliness and Godlikeness: Cambridge Platonism in Richard Price’s religious rationalism’, Enlightenment and Dissent, 24, 2008, pp. 1-23.

Chapters in Books

‘Radical Reason: Cambridge Platonism, Richard Price and some reactions to Burke’s Reflections’ in Douglas Hedley, Sarah Hutton and David Leech (eds.) Revisioning Cambridge Platonism. New York: Springer, forthcoming 2018.

‘The Nature of the Self and the Contemplation of Nature: Ecotheology and the History of the Soul’ in Michael Fuller (ed.) Can the Concept of the Soul have Meaning? Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp. 5-28.

‘Love is All and God is Love: Universalism in Peter Sterry (1613-1672) and Jeremiah White (1630-1707)’ in Gregory MacDonald (ed.) All Shall be Well: Explorations in Universal Salvation and Christian Theology from Origen to Moltmann. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2011, pp. 95-115.


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