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John Grey
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Academic Specialist

Phone: (517) 884-7688

Email: greyjohn@msu.edu

Education & Research Interests

John Grey received his Ph.D. from Boston University. He specializes in the history of modern philosophy, and his research examines the systematic attempts of various early modern authors to provide metaphysical foundations for psychology and ethics. His broader areas of interest include analytic metaphysics, ethical theory, and philosophical logic.

Grey recently received the 2018 Sanders Prize in Early Modern Philosophy for his article, "The Metaphysics of Natural Right in Spinoza." 



The Metaphysics of Natural Right in Spinoza. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 10 (Forthcoming).

Can the Epistemic Value of Natural Kinds be Explained Independently of Their Metaphysics? With Katie Kendig. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (Forthcoming).

Conway's Ontological Objection to Cartesian DualismPhilosophers' Imprint 17 no. 13 (2017): 1-19.

The Modal Equivalence Rules of the Port-Royal LogicHistory and Philosophy of Logic 38 no. 3 (2017): 210-221.

Reply to Nadler: Spinoza and the Metaphysics of SuicideBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 no. 2 (2017): 380-388.

Composition, Causation, and the Mind's Eternity in SpinozaBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 no. 3 (2014): 446-467.

'Use Them At Our Pleasure': Spinoza on Animal EthicsHistory of Philosophy Quarterly 30 no. 4 (2013): 367-388.

Book Chapters

Species and the Good in Anne Conway's Metaethics. In Comparative Metaethics: Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality, edited by Colin Marshall (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

You are what you eat, but should you eat what you are? Modern philosophical dietetics. With Aaron Garrett. In the Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics, edited by Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Reason and Knowledge in Spinoza. In Spinoza: Basic Concepts, edited by Andre Santos Campos (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2015).

Semantic and Pragmatic Stances toward Emerging Media. In Philosophy of Emerging Media: Understanding, Appreciation, Application, edited by Juliet Floyd and James E. Katz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Review of Emily Thomas, Early Modern Women on Metaphysics.​ ​Journal of the History of Philosophy​, 57 no. 1 (2019).

Review of Roger Ariew, Descartes and the First CartesiansJournal of the History of Philosophy, 54 no. 1 (2016).

Spinoza: Moral PhilosophyInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 24 May (2015).

Review of Tad Schmaltz (ed.), Efficient Causation: A HistoryNotre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 4 March (2015).

Public Lectures

Morality Naturalized in La Mettrie's Machine Man (and Violated by Sade). POP! Lectures Concerning the Marquis de Sade. MSU Libraries Colloquia Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. January 21, 2016.