Samuel Newlands

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

Samuel Newlands

209 Malloy Hall
by appointment



Ph.D. Yale University

Research Interest

Early Modern Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion

Curriculum Vitae

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.


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Representative Publications

  • Reconceiving Spinoza (OUP, forthcoming)
  • "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)