Leslie Marsh

Honorary Research Associate

Philosophy, Political Science
Email: leslie.marsh@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Philosophy of mind; philosophy of social science; social epistemology; political philosophy; political economy; philosophical literature.


Founder of the Michael Oakeshott Association; cofounder and first editor of EPISTEME: A journal of individual and social epistemology; cofounder and managing editor of Cosmos + Taxis; cofounder of Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism; Reviews editor of The Journal of Mind and Behavior.


Research Interests & Projects

Classical liberalism; conservatism; stigmergy; complexity; distributed knowledge and cognition; Michael Oakeshott; Friederich Hayek, Adam Smith; Herbert Simon; Walker Percy; John Kennedy Toole; Raymond Aron; Frederick Rolfe, Iris Murdoch.

Selected Publications & Presentations


(co-edited with M. Novak and M. Pennington). Palgrave Handbook to Classical Liberalism. Palgrave, forthcoming.

(co-edited with M. Miernik). The Accidental Pope: Essays on Frederick Rolfe’s Hadrian the Seventh. Lexington, forthcoming.

Stigmergic Cognition: Socializing Cognition and “Cognitivizing” Sociality. Springer, forthcoming.

(co-edited with D. Hardwick). Reclaiming Liberalism. Palgrave 2020.

(ed.) Theology and Geometry: Essays on John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Lexington 2020.

(ed.) Walker Percy, philosopher. Palgrave 2018.

(co-edited with R. Frantz). Minds, Models and Milieux: Commemorating the Centenary of Herbert Simon’s Birth. Palgrave 2016.

(co-edited with D. Hardwick) Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith. Palgrave 2014.

(co-edited with P. Franco). A Companion to Michael Oakeshott. Penn State University Press 2012.

(ed.) Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology. Advances in Austrian Economics, V. 15. Emerald 2011.


(with N. Cockram). The Opium of the Intellectuals. In: The Anthem Companion to Raymond Aron. Joachim Stark and Christopher Adair-Toteff (Eds.). Anthem 2021.

Theology and Geometry and Taste and Decency. In: Essays on John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Lexington 2020.

(With D. Hardwick). Liberalism, Through a Glass Darkly. In: Reclaiming Liberalism. D.  Hardwick and L. Marsh (Eds.). Palgrave 2020.

Pathologizing Ideology, Epistemic Modesty and Instrumental Rationality. In: The Mystery of Rationality: Mind, Beliefs and Social Science. Gérald Bronner and Francesco Di Iorio (Eds.). Springer 2018.

Mindscapes and Landscapes: Hayek and Simon on Cognitive Extension. In: Hayek and Behavioural Economics. R. Frantz and R. Leeson (Eds.). Palgrave 2013.

Full list at academia.edu.


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