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Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza was educated at the Catholic University of Milan. She has held research fellowships and visiting professorships in Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the USA, including a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, a two-year research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, and the Leibniz-Professorship  in Leipzig in 2016. Most recently, she has been awarded the 2019-2020 Mind Senior Research Fellowship for work on her book Thinking with Assent: Renewing a Traditional Account of Knowledge and Belief   (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). She served as Head of the King’s Philosophy Department from 2011/12 to 2014/15, is the Chair of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and the President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. Her publications include Leibniz on the Trinity and the Incarnation: Reason and Revelation in the Seventeenth Century  (Yale University Press 2007); Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography  (Cambridge University Press 2009; winner of the 2010 Pfizer Award); and Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction  (Oxford University Press 2016). She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Leibniz  (Oxford University Press 2018) and of early modern texts including Hugo Grotius, The Truth of the Christian Religion  [Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics] (Liberty Fund 2012) and (with Howard Hotson) Alsted and Leibniz on God, the Magistrate and the Millennium  (Harrassowitz Verlag 1999). In addition, she has contributed numerous articles and chapters to refereed journals and collective volumes.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • History of philosophy, especially early modern and G. W. Leibniz
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion, especially religious epistemology, the relationship between science and religion, metaphysical issues in philosophical theology & the philosophical and theological foundations of religious toleration.

Professor Antognazza welcomes enquires from prospective research students seeking supervision on any area connected to her research.

For more details, please see her full research profile.


Professor Antognazza has taught a number of modules in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of religion, including most recently:

  • 5AANB004 Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz
  • 6ANNB025 Philosophy of Religion
  • 7AAN2071 Philosophy of Religion

Professor Antognazza also supervises BA and MA dissertations, and numerous MPhilStud and PhD research students.