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. A photo of me.
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 email@example.com.
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. Or so I argue in Spinoza on Becoming Eternal, a book in progress.
I am presently team-teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania. The course blends cognitive neuroscience with the philosophy of education. Previously, 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 have taught five other courses at the University of Pennsylvania since 2015: 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.