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. 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 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. Or so I argue in Spinoza on Becoming Eternal, a book in progress.

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Teaching

In September I began a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. In the fall I'm co-teaching a course that blends cognitive neuroscience with the philosophy of education, and in the spring, a course on disruptors in ancient Greek literature and European intellectual history. These double-decker courses are part of an innovative program that teaches interdisciplinary thinking.

As a lecturer I taught five courses at the University of Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2017: 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.

Get in touch

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