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Jack Stetter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Full Time)

Jack Stetter
Jack Stetter

My area of specialization is Early Modern philosophy. At the center of my research is Spinoza. I'm currently at work on a study of Spinoza's views on stupidity and other Early Modern theories of epistemic injustice. More generally, I'm interested in conceptions of cognition, rationality, and belief, and in the theory that knowledge of metaphysical truths can motivate moral and political philosophical projects. I also have side-interests in British Idealism and in contemporary metaphysics.

My recent publications include a paper on the first French Cartesian refutation of Spinoza's Ethics by François Lamy (Journal of Modern Philosophy, 2019) and a volume of papers on Spinoza I co-edited with Charles Ramond, Spinoza in Twenty-First Century American and French Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Other forthcoming publications include a paper on Spinoza and Judaism in the French Context (Modern Judaism) and chapter on Spinoza and Popular Philosophy (Blackwell, ed. Yitzhak Melamed).

Before coming to Loyola, I was at the Université Paris 8, where I obtained my PhD. My PhD dissertation was entitled Spinoza's Substance Monism Contextualized. Before that, I was at Cornell. I'm also a New Orleans native and am extremely happy to return home.

Recent Publications

  • Edited Volume: Spinoza in Twenty-First-Century American and French Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Moral and Political Philosophy, ed. Jack Stetter and Charles Ramond (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019). Author
  • “François Lamy and his Cartesian Refutation of Spinoza’s Ethics”, Journal of Modern Philosophy, 2019 (
  • “Spinoza and Judaism in the French Context: The Case of Milner’s Le sage trompeur”. Modern Judaism (forthcoming).
  • “Spinoza and Popular Philosophy”. Blackwell Companion to Spinoza, ed. Yitzhak Y. Melamed (forthcoming).
  • “Spinoza”. Springer Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences, ed. Dana Jalobeanu and Charles T. Wolfe (forthcoming).


Ph.D. Université Paris 8

Classes Taught

Philosophy of the Human Person

Early Modern Philosophy

Areas of Expertise

Early Modern Philosophy