Department of Philosophy and the College
Daniel Moerner’s interests extend broadly across the history of philosophy, including ancient Greek philosophy, medieval skepticism, and early analytic philosophy. He specializes in 17th- and 18th-century European philosophy, particularly that of Benedict Spinoza. His research is driven by an attempt to understand how much of Spinoza’s Ethics is an expression of adequate knowledge by Spinoza’s own lights. In a number of papers and a forthcoming book-length project, he argues that surprisingly little of the Ethics expresses adequate knowledge. Insofar as Spinoza’s mature philosophy involves adequate knowledge of such philosophical concepts as necessity and causation, these conceptions are strikingly austere and minimalist.
Moerner received a PhD in philosophy from Yale University, as well as a master’s degree in ancient philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in philosophy and classics from Pomona College.