Research Interests & Publications

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, later expanded to include the entire early modern era (16th through 18th centuries).  More recently, I have redirected my focus to philosophical materialism in the Enlightenment, as well as editing and translation projects.


Current Projects

Editor, in progress. Henri Dubois de Launay. Remarques sur la langue française à l'usage de la jeunesse de Lorraine (1775). Will appear as part of Garnier's Grand Corpus des grammaires françaises, des remarques et des traités sur la langue.

Translation, in progress. Ælred of Rievaulx (1110-1167): An existential and spiritual biography. Commissioned by Cistercian Publications. Translation of Burton, Pierre-André. Ælred de Rievaulx (1110-1167): Essai de biographie existentielle et spirituelle. Paris:  Cerf, 2010.


Book

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


Articles

Coski, C. "The Instrument Philosophe: Identity, Free Will and Morality in the Rêve de d'Alembert." French Review. 88.3: 151-162. 2015.

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. "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.     
                                                                                                                                               
Coski, C. "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.


Editing

Assistant Editor, 18th-Century Literature, French Review.