Audrey Borowski

Dr Audrey Borowski is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Thought in Bonn and an Associate Member of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence in Cambridge.

She was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy as well as a research associate at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate (D.Phil) in the History of Ideas at the University of Oxford.

Audrey’s research background lies at the intersection of philosophy, history and science and in the last few years she started working more closely on the philosophical history and philosophy of computing and AI. In 2021 she was contracted by Princeton University Press to write a book entitled Philosophers of the Digital Age: A Philosophical History of Computing and AI from Leibniz to the Present. She recently completed a monograph on Gottfried Leibniz in his World: The Making of a Savant (also for PUP forthcoming 2024). Her special issue on 'Universal Histories, co-edited with Nicholas Halmi (Oxford) recently appeared in Intellectual History Review.

Over the past few years she has held a number of visiting fellowships from the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin (twice), the Lichtenberg-Kolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies) in Göttingen, the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin, the Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung in Halle, and the EHESS and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

In the course of her academic research Audrey has won numerous grants, awards, and scholarships including the Royal Society in London, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the British Society for the History of Science, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Wyndham Deedes Memorial Trust, the Society for the Study of French History, the Royal Historical Society, FILCOM and the Association for German Studies, to name just a few.

Leibniz in his World: The Making of a Savant (1672–1679), Princeton University Press - forthcoming 2024

Co-editor (with Nicholas Halmi), ‘Universal Histories’, special issue of Intellectual History Review 33:3

‘The Universal History to bring all Universal Histories to an end: The curious case of Volney’, in ‘Universal Histories’ issue of Intellectual History Review

‘Günther Anders Philosopher of the Apocalypse’, Aeon (17 May 2022) <https://aeon.co/essays/gunther-anders-a-forgotten-prophet-for-the-21st-century>

‘Friedrich Meinecke or the Defeat of Cultural Historicism’, in Hermann Paul and Adriaan vanVeldhuizen (eds.), Historicism as a Travelling Concept (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 165–85

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