Hannah Laurens

Departmental Lecturer

My research is in the History of Philosophy, in particular in Ancient Greek and Early Modern Philosophy.

My PhD (University of St Andrews) examined Aristotle’s views on the place of the intellect (nous) in nature, and a recent postdoctoral project (Descartes Centre, Utrecht University) explored the notion of acquiescentia in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. Currently, I am a Departmental Lecturer in Ancient Philosophy in association with Somerville College, as well as College Lecturer at Pembroke.



Nous and Divinity in Aristotle’s Metaphysics Lambda’, Phronesis (forthcoming).

‘The Salvation of the Non-Philosopher: “Acquiescentia” in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus’, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume 12 (forthcoming).

Reason: Fountain of Happiness for All. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Adriaan Koerbagh (1633-1669) (Uitgeverij Vantilt, 2019). In Dutch.

Book chapter:
‘Spinoza on Sin: Double Standards in the Tractatus Politicus?’, in Piet Steenbakkers et al. (eds.), Justice and Peace in Spinoza’s Tractatus Politicus, (forthcoming). In Dutch.

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