Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

Paul J. Bagley

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Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: HU 050C

Education and Experience

  • B.A. Loyola University, New Orleans
  • M.A. School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
  • Ph.D. The School of Mental and Moral Science, Trinity College, Dublin University
  • Researcher and Lecturer, Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, Katholieke
  • Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium (1996; 1999)
  • Earhart Fellow (2007-2008)

Areas of Specialization

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Spinoza
  • Plato
  • Political Philosophy

Recent Courses Taught

  • PL 201: Foundations of Philosophy
  • PL 202: Philosophical Perspectives: The Project of Modernity
  • PL 331: Natural Law and Natural Right
  • PL 347: The Morals and Mechanics of Modern Philosophy
  • PL 367: Plato’s Republic
  • PL 371: Introduction to Descartes
  • PL 372: Introduction to Spinoza

Selected Publications

  • "On the Practice of Esotericism," Journal of the History of Ideas 53:2 (1992):231-47.
  • "On the Moral Philosophy of René Descartes: Or, How Morals are Derived from Method." Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 58:4 (December 1996): 673-96.
  • Piety, Peace, and the Freedom to Philosophize (Dordrecht, Boston, London, 1999).
  • "On What It Means to Govern All One’s Affairs ‘Certo Consilio’: A Note on Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus," Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 38:3 (Summer 2006): 295-314.
  • Philosophy, Theology, and Politics: A Reading of Benedict Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus (Leiden, Boston, Toky E.J. Brill Publishers, 2008).