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BGANZ Congress 2019  • 20–23 October • Wellington, New Zealand

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Prof Alexandra Cook

Prof Alexandra Cook
Department of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong


Alexandra Cook is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Hong Kong. She received her doctorate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and has taught in The College of the University of Chicago, at Colgate University, and at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is a specialist on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Enlightenment, and the history of science as well as having strong interests in history of medicine and environmental thought. Professor Cook has authored numerous publications, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau and botany: The salutary science (Oxford, 2012), which won the prestigious 2013 John Thackray Medal of the Society for the History of Natural History (London). She was curator of the 2012 Rousseau tercentenary exhibit, ‘Je raffole de la botanique/I am crazy about botany’, at the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to her translation of Rousseau’s botanical works in Collected Writings of Rousseau, volume 8 (2000), she is editing these works for Rousseau’s complete works in French. Professor Cook is also researching the herbarium as epistemic object and circulation of natural knowledge between eighteenth-century Asia and Europe. Professor Cook is a Fellow of the Linnean Society (London). 

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