Valtteri Viljanen
Ph.D., Docent in the History of Philosophy

Valtteri Viljanen
Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Postal address
Department of Cultural History
University of Turku
20014 Turku

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    Selected publications


  • (With Justin Steinberg.) Spinoza. Cambridge: Polity Press, forthcoming.
  • Spinoza’s Geometry of Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 (paperback edition 2014). [Review by Michael Della Rocca.] [Review by Mogens Laerke.] [Review by John Morrison.] [Review by Stephan Schmid.]
  • (Edited with Juhani Pietarinen) The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2009.


  • “Spinoza on Activity and Passivity: The Problematic Definition Revisited.” – M. Reuter & F. Svensson (eds.), Mind, Body and Morality: New Perspectives on Descartes and Spinoza, 157–74. London: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • “Why Virtue Is Not Quite Enough: Descartes on Attaining Happiness.” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, forthcoming.
  • “Spinoza’s Ontology Geometrically Illustrated: A Reading of Ethics IIP8S.” – B. Lord (ed.), Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, 5–18. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
  • “Spinoza’s Essentialism in the Short Treatise.” – Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, 183–95. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • “Theory of Conatus.” – A. Santos Campos (ed.), Spinoza: Basic Concepts, 95–105. Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2015.
  • “Spinoza on Virtue and Eternity.” – M. J. Kisner & A. Youpa (eds.), Essays on Spinoza’s Ethical Theory, 258–71. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • “Spinoza on Activity in Sense Perception.” – J. F. Silva & M. Yrjönsuuri (eds.), Active Perception in the History of Philosophy: From Plato to Modern Philosophy, 241–54. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
  • “Review of Spinoza Past and Present: Essays on Spinoza, Spinozism, and Spinoza Scholarship by Wiep van Bunge.” Renaissance Quarterly 66 (3), 2013: 1053–4.
  • “Causal Efficacy of Representational Content in Spinoza.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 27 (1), 2010: 17–34.
  • “Spinoza’s Ontology.” – O. Koistinen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza’s Ethics, 56–78. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • (With Arto Repo.) “Leibniz on Force, Activity, and Passivity.” – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason, 229–50. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009.
  • “Schopenhauer’s Twofold Dynamism.” – J. Pietarinen & V. Viljanen (eds.), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason, 305–30. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2009.
  • “On the Derivation and Meaning of Spinoza’s Conatus Doctrine.” – D. Garber & S. Nadler (eds.), Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, Volume IV, 89–112. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • “Spinoza’s Essentialist Model of Causation.” Inquiry 51 (4), 2008: 412–37.
  • “Field Metaphysic, Power, and Individuation in Spinoza.” The Canadian Journal of Philosophy 37 (3), 2007: 393–418.

Updated: 1 February 2019