Department News and Faculty Books Archive

The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making

The Young Spinoza Book Cover

Ex nihilo nihil fit. Philosophy, especially great philosophy, does not appear out of the blue. In the current volume, a team of top scholars-both up-and-coming and established-attempts to trace the philosophical development of one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Featuring twenty new essays and an introduction, it is the first attempt of its […]

Peter Achinstein lectures at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Peter Achinstein delivered two lectures at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy (University of Western Ontario) in November 2014; their titles were “What is a Theory of Everything and why should we want one?” and “Who needs proof: James Clerk Maxwell on Scientific Method”. Videos of them are available at A symposium on his recent […]

Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship

The department has been awarded a Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship jointly with the Department of Cognitive Science. These interdisciplinary positions range across all units of the university and are awarded on a competitive basis from the Provost’s Office. A search will take place in the 2014-15 academic year. The advertisement for the position is to be […]

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Prometheus, the International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Johns Hopkins University, will host a second Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on April 12, 2014. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Nancy Sherman of Georgetown University, whose recent research has focused on military ethics, emotions, and the history of moral philosophy. The title of her […]

Graduate Student News: February 2014

A paper by Genco Guralp (Philosophy) and Mohammadtaher Safarzadeh (Physics and Astronomy) has been accepted at the sixth Models and Simulations conference (MS6) at the University of Notre Dame, May 2014. The paper is called “Simulation and Model Confirmation in Cosmology: The Case of Lyman-Alpha Forest Power Spectrum.”

Spinoza and German Idealism

There can be little doubt that without Spinoza, German Idealism would have been just as impossible as it would have been without Kant. Yet the precise nature of Spinoza’s influence on the German Idealists has hardly been studied in detail. This volume of essays by leading scholars sheds light on how the appropriation of Spinoza by Fichte, Schelling and Hegel grew out of the reception of his philosophy by, among others, Lessing, Mendelssohn, Jacobi, Herder, Goethe, Schleiermacher, Maimon and, of course, Kant.