James Dougal Fleming

I am Professor of English Literature at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. I teach, for the most part, seventeenth-century literature. My research is in the intellectual history of the early-modern period (1500-1700), with a special interest in epistemic issues around the emergence of modern natural science (the “Scientific Revolution”). I also have general interests in literary theory, philosophical hermeneutics, and the philosophy of information technology. In 2011-12, I created and organized, at SFU Vancouver, the original iteration of the international conference series Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World. ¬†I also organized the 2019 Scientiae conference, held at Queen’s University, Belfast.


The Mirror of Information in Early Modern England: John Wilkins and the Universal Character (Palgrave, 2017). Monograph.

The Invention of Discovery, 1500-1700 (Ashgate/Routledge, 2011). Edited collection.

Milton’s Secrecy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Ashgate/Routledge, 2008).¬†Monograph.

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