Samuel Newlands

Carl E. Koch Professor of Philosophy

Samuel Newlands

100B Malloy Hall
by appointment



Ph.D. Yale University

Research Interest

Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

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. 
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Representative Publications

  • “Regis’s Sweeping and Costly Anti-Spinozism” (Journal of the History of Philosophy, forthcoming).
  • “Baumgarten’s Steps Towards Spinozism” (Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2022)
  • From Theism to Idealism to Monism: A Leibnizian Path Not Taken” (Philosophical Studies, 2021)
  • Reconceiving Spinoza (OUP, 2018)
  • "Backing Into Spinozism" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2016)
  • "Leibniz on Privations, Limitations, and the Metaphysics of Evil" (Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2014)
  • "Leibniz on the Ground of Possibility" (The Philosophical Review, 2013)
  • "Another Kind of Spinozistic Monism" (Noûs, 2010)
  • "The Harmony of Spinoza and Leibniz" (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2010)