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Prof.dr. Piet Steenbakkers


Postal Address:
P. Steenbakkers
Department of Philosophy
PO Box 80.126
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Piet Steenbakkers holds the endowed chair for Spinoza studies in Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is lecturer of the history of modern philosophy in Utrecht University and lecturer of philosophy in University College Utrecht. He studied English and philosophy in the University of Groningen. There he received his PhD in philosophy in 1994. He is a member of the "Groupe de recherches spinozistes", an international team of scholars currently preparing a new critical edition of Spinoza’s works with facing French translations.


  • Spinoza to the Letter: Studies in Words, Texts and Books, edited by Fokke Akkerman and Piet Steenbakkers (2005)
  • Spinoza-plaatsen: over tekst en context van brief 76. Inaugural lecture delivered at Erasmus University Rotterdam on 7 October 2005. With a summary in English (2005)
  • Spinoza's Ethica from Manuscript to Print (1994) (thesis)


  • "De lotgevallen van de Ethica: Over het belang van het Vaticaanse manuscript", in Mededelingen vanwege Het Spinozahuis, 100 (2012), 33-44
  • "Nieuw materiaal voor de editie van Spinoza’s Ethica: Vaticanus Latinus 12838", in Nieuwsbrief Neolatinistenverband, 2012, 10-12
  • "Spinoza and Evolutionary Theory: The Case of T.H. Huxley", in Teoria: Rivista di filosofia, 32 (2012), 229-246
  • (with J.J. Touber & J.M.M. van de Ven) "A Clandestine Notebook (1678–1679) on Spinoza, Beverland, Politics, the Bible and Sex: Utrecht, UL, ms. 1284", in Lias, 38/2 (2011)
  • (with P. Totaro & L. Spruit) "L’Ethica di Spinoza in un manoscritto della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana", in Miscellanea Bibliothecae Apostolicae Vaticanae, 17 (2011), 583-610
  • "La Mort de Spinoza: Une rumeur inconnue", in Archives de philosophie, 73 (Bulletin de Bibliographie Spinoziste 32), 2011, 733-737
  • "The Geometrical Order in the Ethics", in O. Koistinen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2009)
  • "The Textual History of Spinoza's Ethics", in: The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2009)
  • "Les éditions de Spinoza en Allemagne au XIXe siècle", in A. Tosel & P.F. Moreau (eds.), Spinoza XIXe siècle (Paris 2007), 21-34
  • "Eléments de biographie", in P.-F. Moreau & Ch. Ramond (eds.), Lectures de Spinoza (Paris 2006)
  • "Spinoza on the Imagination" in: Imagination in the Later Middle Ages and Early Modern Times, eds. L. Nauta & D. Pätzold (2004), 175–193
  • "Quandoque delirat bonus Spinoza: Schopenhauers Kritik an Spinoza" in: Transformation der Metaphysik in die Moderne: zur Gegenwärtigkeit der theoretischen und praktischen Philosophie Spinozas, Manfred Walther zum 65. Geburtstag, eds. M. Czelinski e.a. (2003), 219–238
  • (with Roberto Bordoli) "Lodewijk Meijer's tribute to Johannes Bouwmeester, 4 November 1673" in: Studia Spinozana, 13 (1997; year of publication: 2003), 241–257