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Julia Jorati

Associate Professor

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E315 South College

Julia Jorati received an MA from the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 2008 and a PhD from Yale in 2013. She taught at The Ohio State University for six years before coming to UMass in 2019.

The main focus of Jorati’s research is the history of early modern philosophy, and more specifically, early modern philosophy of action, metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of mind. At present, she is particularly interested in two things: (a) philosophical arguments concerning slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries, and (b) the notion of moral necessity in late medieval and early modern moral psychology. Her research so far focuses mostly on the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, though she has also published on other early modern authors


    (For a complete list of publications, see Professor Jorati’s website.) 

    • Leibniz on Causation and Agency, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
    • “Du Châtelet on Freedom, Self-Motion, and Moral Necessity,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 57.2 (2019), 255–80 
    • “Leibniz’s Ontology of Force,” Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 8 (2019), 189–224 
    • “Leibniz on Appetitions and Desires,” History of the Philosophy of Mind, Vol. 4: Philosophy of Mind in the Early Modern and Modern Ages, ed. R. Copenhaver, 245–65. New York: Routledge, 2018
    • “Divine Faculties and the Puzzle of Incompossibility,” Leibniz on Compossibility and Possible Worlds, eds. G. Brown and Y. Chiek, 175–99. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016
    • “Three Types of Spontaneity and Teleology in Leibniz,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 53.4 (2015), 669–98
    • “Leibniz’s Twofold Gap between Moral Knowledge and Motivation,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22.4 (2014), 748–66 
    • “Monadic Teleology without Goodness and without God,” The Leibniz Review 23 (2013), 43–72