Michael Moriarty read Modern and Medieval Languages at St Johnï¿½s College, Cambridge, where he did his PhD. He was elected to a Research Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, in 1982, becoming College Lecturer in French and Director of Studies in Modern Languages in 1985. From 1986 to 1995 he was first a University Assistant Lecturer and then a Lecturer in the Cambridge University French Department. In 1995 he became Professor of French Literature and Thought at Queen Mary, University of London (Centenary Professor since 2005). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Chevalier dans lï¿½Ordre des Palmes Acadï¿½miques. His publications include Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, reprinted 2009); Roland Barthes (Cambridge: Polity, 1991); Early Modern French Thought: the Age of Suspicion (Oxford University Press, 2003); and Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). He has translated and edited Descartesï¿½s Meditations on First Philosophy, with Selections from the Objections and Replies (Oxford Worldï¿½s Classics (Oxford University Press, 2008)). Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought will be published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is currently Department Head of French at the University of Cambridge.