William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy
209 Malloy Hall
Ph.D. Yale University
Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
Most of my philosophical writing has centered on three overlapping areas: early modern philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. I am currently working on several book-length projects: Early Moderns and the Metaphysics of Evil (monograph about the problem of evil); No Cheating! A Spinozistic Reading of Early Modern Metaphysics (monograph on early modern metaphysics); and Necessity: A Conceptual History (co-edited volume on the history of modal concepts). I have also recently become interested in forms of idealism and so-called narrative conceptions of the self. I also serve as Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, and I have been a principle investigator for several large research initiatives.
For more information about my interests and projects, please visit http://samnewlands.net