Hi, there! My name is Raphael Krut-Landau. I teach philosophy, and write about its early modern period in Europe (roughly 1600 to 1800) — when thinking was more dangerous.
I live in beautiful Philadelphia, where I teach philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.
I grew up in a few different places — north London, southern Maine, and the New York area. Maybe this transnational childhood is why I’m so bewitched by philosophers who think of themselves as belonging to multiple worlds. I have been concentrating on Benedict de Spinoza, a migrant philosopher.
If you would like to chat, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
A theme of my research is that we can better appreciate the strength of Spinoza’s masterpiece, the Ethics, once we see that he is trying to portray how the world looks to someone who is undergoing a spiritual transformation. That's the main idea of my dissertation, Spinoza on Becoming Eternal.
I defended my Ph.D. at Princeton on May 11, 2017.
Some things on the horizon:
I am currently working on several essays, including:
For drafts, just email me.
I have taught five courses at the University of Pennsylvania: Ethics and Language, Topics in Ethics: Love and Sex, Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Social Science.
In the spring of 2013, I co-taught a course in modern political thought at a youth correctional facility.