Professor in Philosophy
For AY 2021-22, Sam will be on leave working on an NEH-funded book project, No Cheating! A Spinozistic Reading of Early Modern Metaphysics.
Sam received his PhD from Yale University and joined Notre Dame in 2006. He is especially interested early modern philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He has also served as a principle investigator for several large-scale research projects on topics such as hope and optimism, transformative experiences, and the metaphysics of evil.
For more information about his interests and projects, please visit http://samnewlands.net
- “Baumgarten’s Steps Towards Spinozism” (Journal of the History of Philosophy, forthcoming)
- “From Theism to Idealism to Monism: A Leibnizian Path Not Taken” (Philosophical Studies, 2021)