Ursula Goldenbaum


Department of Philosophy

Office: Bowden Hall 301

Phone: 404.727.1191

Fax: 404.712.9425

Email: ugolden@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • PhD, Academy of Science of the GDR, 1983
  • Habilitation, Technische Universität, Berlin, 2001


  • History of philosophy, science, Political philosophy, and esthetics during the 17th and 18th centuries, European Enlightenment and the Origin of the Public Space.

Selected Publications

  • Author of
    • Ein Plädoyer für die Echtheit des angeblich gefälschten Leibnizbriefes (Hannover: Wehrhahn 2015)
    • Appell an das Publikum. Die öffentliche Debatte in der deutschen Aufklärung 1687-1796. 2 vol. (Akademie Verlag, 2004)
    • Einführung in die Philosophie Spinozas (Hagen, 1993).
  • Editor of
    • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: Philosophische Schriften und Briefe (Berlin, 1992)
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Von der Ungleichheit unter den Menschen. Transl. by Moses Mendelssohn. (Weimar, 2000).
  • Co-edited with Christopher Kluz: Doing without Free Will: Spinoza and Contemporary Moral Problems (Lexington 2015).
  • Co-editor of Infinitesimal Differences: Controversies between Leibniz and his Contemporaries (de Gruyter, 2008).
  • Research articles in
    • Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science
    • Euphorion
    • Lessing Yearbook
    • Revue Roumaine de Philosophie
    • Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte
    • The Leibniz Review
    • Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
    • Studia Leibnitiana
    • Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie
    • Dialektik
    • Revue Germanique Internationale
    • American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
    • Theologische Literaturzeitung
    • Zeitschrift für historische Forschung.

Current Work

  • Currently working on a book about Leibniz and his reasons of turning from law to metaphysics and mathematics.

Honors and grants

  • Since 2014 President of the Leibniz Society of North America
  • Member of the board of the Deutsche Spinoza-Gesellschaft (1992-98)
  • grants and fellowships from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, from the Technische Universität and from the Thyssen-Stiftung.
  • Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2007-08).
  • Since 2009 Member of the Board of the Journal of the History of Ideas

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