Vanderbilt University
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1981
Winter Park, Florida, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
17th/18th Century Philosophy
  •  22
    Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (4): 560-561. 2003.
  • Spinozas Theorie des Menschen (review)
    Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 13 306-308. 1997.
  •  7
    Self-Knowledge as Self-Preservation?
    In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 191--210. 1986.
  • LERMOND: "The form of man" (review)
    Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 4 (n/a): 415. 1988.
  •  2
    "No, your honor. I didn't know who or what he was when I first came across the book -- they don't exactly love him in the synagogue, if you've read the story of his life. I found it in a junkyard in a nearby town, paid a kopek, and left cursing myself for wasting money hard to come by. Later I read through a few pages and kept on going as though there were a whirlwind at my back. As I say, I didn't understand every word but when you're dealing with such ideas you feel as though you were taking a…Read more
  •  22
    Leibniz und Das judentum (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (3): 378-379. 2011.
  •  4
    Spinoza and the plasticity of mind
    Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 14 111-136. 1998.
  •  21
    The recently published Cambridge Companion to Spinoza contains a fine essay by Pierre- Francois Moreau on Spinoza’s reception and on his influence during the more than three hundred years that have passed since his death. In Moreau’s twenty-five page article we find a brief paragraph on the novelist George Eliot and half a sentence on Ed Curley. There is not another mention, at all, of any other philosopher from an English-speaking land since the seventeenth century – nothing on how Spinoz…Read more
  •  35
    Do Persons Follow from Spinoza's God?
    The Personalist Forum 8 (Supplement): 243-248. 1992.
  •  153
    Deciding to believe without self-deception
    Journal of Philosophy 84 (August): 441-446. 1987.
  •  24
    Essays on Spinoza's Ethical Theory ed. by Matthew J. Kisner and Andrew Youpa
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (2): 352-353. 2017.
    In the introductory chapter to this collection, the editors point out that, until recently, most Anglophone Spinoza scholarship has been focused on the metaphysics and epistemology of the Ethics. But according to Kisner and Youpa, Spinoza thought that metaphysics and epistemology were significant chiefly because they are required for understanding the more important part of his project—the ethical doctrine developed in the last three parts of the work. Ethica was so-titled because it is a book a…Read more
  •  3
    Deciding to Believe Without Self-Deception
    Journal of Philosophy 84 (8): 441. 1987.
  •  290
    In Göttliche Gedanken (Godly Thoughts), Andreas Schmidt provides an in-depth discussion of the metaphysics of knowledge and of mind in four early-modern rationalists: Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, and Leibniz. His topic overlaps with what is called “philosophy of mind” in contemporary Anglo-American circles, for he is quite interested in the relation between mind and body in these four historical thinkers. But as Schmidt effectively reminds us, the “mind-body problem” looks entirely different…Read more
  •  52
    Did Spinoza lie to his landlady?
    Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 11 15-38. 1995.
  •  49
    Spinoza shared with his contemporaries the conviction that the passions are, on the whole, unruly and destructive. A life of virtue requires that the passions be controlled, if not entirely vanquished, and the preferred means of imposing this control over the passions is via the power of reason. But there was little agreement in the seventeenth century about just what gives reason its strength and how its power can be brought to bear upon the wayward passions.
  •  2
    Did Spinoza lie to his Landlady?
    Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 11 15-37. 1995.