About me

Hi, there! My name is Raphael Krut-Landau. I live in beautiful Philadelphia, where I teach at the University of Pennsylvania. I also write about European philosophy's early modern period, roughly 1600 to 1800.

I grew up in a few 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.

You can reach me at rkrut@sas.upenn.edu.

Research

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 what I argue in Spinoza's Metaphorical Metaphysics, a book in progress.

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Teaching

At the University of Pennsylvania, I am presently team-teaching a course that blends philosophy of education with cognitive neuroscience. Last semester, I team-taught a course on disruptors in ancient Greek literature and European intellectual history. These double-decker courses are part of Penn's Integrated Studies Program, an innovative program that teaches interdisciplinary thinking.

I'm also teaching an Introduction to Modern Philosophy. I've taught five other courses at the University of Pennsylvania since 2015: Topics in Ethics: Ethics and Language, Topics in Ethics: Love and Sex, Introduction to 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.

Get in touch

Send me a message or an email at raphael.kl@gmail.com.