Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

8/1/2008 - 5/31/2009

Funding Totals

$42,000.00 (approved)
$42,000.00 (awarded)

Reconceiving Benedict Spinoza's Metaphysics and Ethics

FAIN: FA-53845-08

Samuel Newlands
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)

Spinoza has become increasingly relevant for religious, historical, political, and philosophical studies of the early modern period. But what Spinoza himself described as one of his most important projects, systematically integrating a rationalist metaphysics with his ethical program, remains elusive and poorly understood by even specialists. Drawing on work in the recent renaissance of Spinoza studies, my proposed monograph, Reconceiving Spinoza, provides a novel, integrated interpretation of how Spinoza's metaphysics and ethics shape one another in ways that remain germane for contemporary philosophical disputes.

Associated Products

Reconceiving Spinoza (Book)
Title: Reconceiving Spinoza
Author: Samuel Newlands
Abstract: Samuel Newlands provides a sweeping new account of Spinoza's metaphysical system and the way it shapes and is shaped by his moral project. Newlands also shows how Spinoza can be read fruitfully alongside recent developments in contemporary analytic philosophy. According to Newlands, conceptual relations form the backbone of Spinoza's explanatory project and enable him to do everything from reconciling monism and diversity to motivating altruism within egoism. Spinoza's conceptualism culminates in his call to a radical form of self-transcendence. Readers will be invited to reconceive not only Spinoza's project, but also the world and perhaps even themselves along the way.
Year: 2018
Primary URL:
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780198817260
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes