Dr David Leech receives Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award
21 November 2013
Prize Awarded to New Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion
Dr David Leech, the Department's new Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion, has received the prestigious Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award from Heidelberg University for his book 'The Hammer of the Cartesians: Henry More’s Philosophy of Spirit and the Origins of Modern Atheism' (Peeters, 2013), which examines – through an analysis of an episode in the evolution of the concept of spiritual substance – how conceptual changes in early modern metaphysics were an ingredient in the origins of modern speculative atheism. This prize is awarded annually to the ten best doctoral or first post-doctoral works on the topic of religion. In addition to the prize of $10.000 each, the winners have the chance to propose an international and interdisciplinary colloquium on an important academic topic. Each year two Lautenschlaeger Colloquia are supported with 15.000 € each.