Associate Professor of Philosophy


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Field of Specialty

Area of Specialization: History of Modern Philosophy
Areas of Competence: History and Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Logic.

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 112

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Jennifer Marusic

Jennifer completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in 2008. Her research focuses on the history of modern philosophy, especially the British Empiricists. Her dissertation explored David Hume's views about belief and explanation. She has published papers on Hume's theory of causation, his account of belief, and his philosophy of religion. She is working on a book on Locke's philosophy of mind and epistemology, including his theories of judgment, perception, and knowledge. During 2013-2015, she held a Marie Curie Fellowship at Humboldt University in Berlin, where she worked on a project entitled "Three Conceptions of Judgment in Early Modern Philosophy."


Marusic, Jennifer. "Hume on Atheism." The Blackwell Companion to Atheism and Philosophy. Ed. Graham Oppy., 2018 (forthcoming)

Marusic, Jennifer. "Berkeley on the Objects of Perception." Berkeley’s Three Dialogues: New Essays. Ed. Stephan Storrie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 40-60.

Marusic, Jennifer. "Dugald Stewart on Conjectural History and Human Nature." Journal of Scottish Philosophy 15. 3 (2017): 261-274.

Marusic, Jennifer. "Judgment and belief, in early modern philosophy." Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2017.

Marusic, Jennifer. "Locke's Simple Account of Sensitive Knowledge." The Philosophical Review 125. 2 (2016): 205-239.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Hume on the Projection of Causal Necessity." Philosophy Compass 9. 4 (2014): 263-273.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Propositions and Judgments in Locke and Arnauld: A Monstrous and Unholy Union?." Journal of the History of Philosophy 52. 2 (2014): 255-280.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Review of Louis Loeb, Reflection and the Stability of Belief: Essays on Descartes, Hume, and Reid." British Journal for the History of Philosophy vol. 21 2013: 800-803.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Refuting the whole system? Hume's attack on popular religion in "The Natural History of Religion"." The Philosophical Quarterly 62. (2012): 715-735.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Belief and Introspective Knowledge in Treatise 1.3.7." Hume Studies 37. (2011): 99-122.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Does Hume Hold a Dispositional Account of Belief?." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40. (2010): 155-183.

Marusic, Jennifer Smalligan. "Comments on Jacovides 'How Berkeley Corrupted His Capacity to Conceive'." Philosophia 37. 3 (2009): 431-436.

Courses Taught

PHIL 1a Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 35a Philosophy of Science
PHIL 106b Mathematical Logic
PHIL 130a Causation and Explanation
PHIL 134b Philosophy of Perception
PHIL 139b Topics in Logic
PHIL 166a David Hume
PHIL 179a God, Man, and World: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz
PHIL 180b From Sensation to Understanding: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
PHIL 200a Graduate Proseminar
PHIL 235a Graduate Seminar in Epistemology