Research Interests

My training is in the history of ideas in 18th-century France.  My early work was on the philosophy of language and mind in the 18th century, though more recently I have expanded this study to include the entire early modern era (16th through 18th centuries).  I am most interested in the connections between philosophies of language and other areas such as metaphysics, science, aesthetics and identity. I am also an assistant editor for The French Review.


Coski, C. From Barbarism to Universality: Language and Identity in Early Modern France. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. 2011.


Coski, C. "The Instrument Philosophe: Identity, Free Will and Morality in the Rêve de d'Alembert." French Review. 88.3. 2015. Accepted/Forthcoming.

Coski, C. "Emotion and Poetry in Condillac's Theory of Language and Mind."  French Review. 80.1: 157-170. 2006

Coski, C. "Diderot's Lettre sur les sourds et muets and Philosophical Frivolity."  Essays in French Literature.  43: 29-45. 2006

Coski, C. "Maupertuis on the Origin of Language: the Scientific Mind and Human Progress."  Dalhousie French Studies.  73: 45-53. 2005

Coski, C.  "Condillac's Modernization of Rationalist Language Theory:  Evidence, Propositions, and a Newtonian Linguistics." 1650-1850:  Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era.  2004

Coski, C.  "Condillac's Metaphysical Paradox:  The Nature of the Soul versus the Natural Origin of Language and Reason." Dalhousie French Studies. 67: 3-15.  2004

Coski, C. "Condillac:  Language, Thought, and Morality in the Man and Animal Debate."  French Forum.  28 (1): 57-75.  2003

Coski, C.  "Rousseau:  Le langage et la problématique de la perfectibilité."  Working Papers in Romance Literatures and Philology.  2: 1-12.  1997

Book Reviews

Coski, C. Book Review, Accepted, "Krause, Jonathan. Early Trench Tactics in the French Army: The Second Battle of Artois, May-June 1915." French Review. 87.3: 288-289. 2014 

Coski, C. "Michael Neiberg, The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944." French Review. 86.6: 1279. 2013     
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Julie Candler Hayes, Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England: 1600-1800." Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700  34.1-2: 172-174. 2010


Assistant Editor, Literature, French Review.