John Grey, a philosopher at Michigan State University, is the winner of the 2018 Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy.
Dr. Grey won the prize for his essay, “The Metaphysics of Natural Rights in Spinoza.” Part of the prize is the publication of the essay in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. The other part of the prize is $10,000.
The prize is offered every other year by the Marc Sanders Foundation, and is awarded to the best submitted essay of “original research in the history of early modern philosophy, interpreted as the period that begins roughly with Descartes and his contemporaries and goes to the end of the eighteenth century.” Entries are judged by a committee appointed by the editorial board of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.
Here is the abstract of Dr. Grey’s paper:
In the Tractatus Theologico-