Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Steven Nadler is the William H Hay II Professor of Philosophy and the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life (2nd ed, 2018); A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (2011); The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes (2013); Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (2017), co-authored with Ben Nadler; Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (2018); and Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die (2020).
History of ideas
Why Spinoza still matters
At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever
We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering
When to break a rule
A virtuous person respects the rules. So when should the same person make a judgment call and break or bend them instead?