Steven Nadler

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Steven Nadler (born November 11, 1958) is an American philosopher. He is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and (from 2004-2009) Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]


Nadler received his PhD from Columbia University in 1986. His research focus since then has been devoted to the study of philosophy in the seventeenth century, including Descartes and Cartesian philosophy, Spinoza, and Leibniz. His research also includes antecedents of aspects of early modern thought in medieval Latin philosophy and (especially with respect to Spinoza) medieval Jewish philosophy.

He has taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 1988, and was a visiting professor of philosophy at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. In 2008 he held the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam. Nadler was also a speaker at the Beyond Belief symposium on November 2006. In April, 2015, he was a Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

From 2010-2015 he was the editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy.

In November, 2006, he presented at Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival


  • Nadler, Steven (1989). Arnauld and the Cartesian philosophy of ideas. Manchester University Press.
  • Malebranche and Ideas (Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • Editor, Causation in Early Modern Philosophy (Penn State Press, 1993) ISBN 0-271-02657-X
  • Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge, 1999) - Winner of the 2000 Koret Jewish Book Award ISBN 0-521-00293-1
  • Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche (Cambridge University Press, 2000) ISBN 0-521-62729-X
  • Editor, A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy (Blackwell, 2002) ISBN 0-631-21800-9
  • Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind (Oxford, 2002) ISBN 0-19-924707-2
  • Rembrandt's Jews (Chicago, 2003) - Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 2004.[2] ISBN 0-226-56737-0
  • Co-editor (with Manfred Walther and Elhanan Yakira), Spinoza and Jewish Identity (Konigshausen & Neumann, 2003) ISBN 3-8260-2715-9
  • Co-editor (with Daniel Garber), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2006) ISBN 0-19-920394-6
  • Spinoza's Ethics: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2006) ISBN 0-521-83620-4
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008; paperback, Princeton University Press, 2010)
  • 'A Book Forged in Hell': Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise (Princeton University Press, 2011)
  • The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes (Princeton University Press, 2013)
  • Editor, Spinoza and Medieval Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Editor and Translator of Géraud de Cordemoy, Six Discourses on the Distinction Between the Body and the Soul and Discourses on Metaphysics (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • With Ben Nadler, illustrator: Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy(Princeton University Press, 2017)
  • Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (Yale University Press, 2018)Jewish Lives Series

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2018 Nadler, Steven (August 3, 2018). "Flesh-and-blood Descartes". The Times Literary Supplement. 6018. Cook, Harold. The young Descartes : nobility, rumor, and war. University of Chicago Press.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nadler, Steven. "Steven Nadler".
  2. ^ Pulitzer website Archived March 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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