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.
At the University of Pennsylvania, I am presently team-teaching a course on a timely and timeless theme: Curiosity. My role is to help students investigate curiosity from two perspectives: ancient philosophy and cognitive science. By finding unexpected connections between these two fields of inquiry, students become bolder, more capacious, more creative thinkers.
This course is part of Penn’s innovative Integrated Studies Program, which teaches interdisciplinary thinking. As a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the program, I’ve team-taught courses that blended philosophical and neuroscientific perspectives on education, as well as ancient and modern perspectives on rebellion, poverty, and evolution.
I’ve taught six 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 (twice), Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Social Science.
In the spring of 2013, I co-taught a course in literature and political thought at a prison in New Jersey.
My research focuses on metaphysics and philosophy of language in the writings of Benedict de Spinoza.
My essay “Spinoza on Time” is forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to Spinoza.