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Jack Stetter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Full Time)

Jack Stetter
Jack Stetter

My main interests lie in Early Modern philosophy, esp. 17th-century philosophy. Spinoza in particular has been on my mind for awhile, and a few publications have begun to emerge from my work on his philosophy.

You can read a bit more about my research, teaching, and other activities here:

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 was awarded my PhD in 2019. My PhD dissertation was entitled 'Spinoza's Substance Monism Contextualized'. Before that, I was at Cornell, where I was awarded my BA in 2009.

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

Making Moral Decisions 

Early Modern Philosophy

Areas of Expertise

Early Modern Philosophy