About me

Hello, my name is Raphael Krut-Landau. I teach philosophy, and write about the early modern period of its history, roughly 1600 to 1800. At the moment, I’m a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton. I live in Philadelphia.

I grew up in north London, southern Maine, and the New York area. This transnational childhood is perhaps why I enjoy thinking about philosophers who, in one sense or another, think of themselves as belonging to multiple worlds. The main focus of my research is Benedict de Spinoza, a migrant philosopher.

A theme of my research is that Spinoza’s masterpiece, Ethics Demonstrated in Geometric Order, is easier to understand, and harder to dismiss, once we see that it is an attempt to show how the world looks according to a mind that is undergoing a spiritual transformation. I try to look at Spinoza through the lens of medieval and early modern philosophies of language.

There are more captivating things to read in this world than my curriculum vitae. Still, there it is.

If you would like to talk about early modern philosophy, don’t hesitate to send me an email at rkrut@princeton.edu.

My research

My article, Spinoza on Time, is forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to Spinoza. Last November, I gave a talk on vagueness in Spinoza at the Workshop on Early Modern Perception at Utrecht University. In May, I will give a talk at the University of Auckland, on allegory in Spinoza.

I am currently working on three essays:

For drafts, just email me.

My teaching

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.