Steven Nadler
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Prof. Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (Yale, “Jewish Lives” series, 2018); A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (Princeton, 2011); The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes (Princeton, 2013); Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge, 1999; 2nd ed. 2018), winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award), and Rembrandt's Jews (Chicago, 2003). He is also the author, with his son Ben Nadler, of the graphic book Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (Princeton, 2017). His latest book is Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die (Princeton, 2020).

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July 8, 2020

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