Samuel Newlands


William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate
Associate Professor in Philosophy


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
100 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-2866

Office: 209 Malloy Hall 
Office Hours:  by appointment






Ph.D. Yale University

Areas of Interest

Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion


Some Recent Articles


  •  "Backing Into Spinozism" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming)
  • "Leibniz on the Ground of Possibility" (The Philosophical Review, 2013)
  •  "Leibniz on Privations, Limitations, and the Metaphysics of Evil" (Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2014)
  •  "Another Kind of Spinozistic Monism" (Noûs, 2010)
  •  "The Harmony of Spinoza and Leibniz" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2010)
  •  "Thinking, Conceiving, and Idealism in Spinoza" (Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, 2012)
  •  "Spinoza's Relevance to Contemporary Metaphysics" (for Oxford Handbook to Spinoza, forthcoming)
  •  "Hume on Evil" (for The Oxford Handbook to Hume, 2015)
  •  "Evils, Privations and the Early Moderns" (for Evil: Philosophical Concepts, forthcoming)
  •  "The Problem of Evil" (Routledge Companion to Seventeenth-Century Philosophy, forthcoming) 
  •  "Spinoza's Modal Metaphysics," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2007)


Edited Books:


  • New Essays on Leibniz’s Theodicy, ed. with Larry M. Jorgensen (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, edited with Larry M. Jorgensen (Oxford University Press, 2009)