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