Deborah Boyle earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College, and an M.A. and Ph.D.at the University of Pittsburgh (1999). Her primary research interests are in the history of modern philosophy, especially early modern women philosophers and David Hume. She has published articles on Mary Astell, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Descartes, and Hume, and is the author of the book Descartes on Innate Ideas (Continuum, 2009). Her book on Margaret Cavendish, The Well-Ordered Universe, will be published by Oxford University Press in Fall 2017.