Hasana Sharp

Academic title(s): 

Professor; Associate Member of Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Hasana Sharp
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
hasana.sharp [at] mcgill.ca
Ferrier 404
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Curriculum vitae: 
Research areas: 
Feminist Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Political Philosophy

Hasana Sharp earned her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University (2005) and a diplôme (pensionnaire scientifique étranger) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (2004). Her research is in the history of political philosophy with a focus on Spinoza.  Her book, Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization (University of Chicago, 2011), examines the implications of Spinoza's denial of human exceptionalism for ethics and politics, with consideration of arguments in feminist thought, critical philosophy of race, and ecocriticism. She is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded research project on Spinoza and Servitude. She interested in how his analyses of human servitude, bondage, and slavery, central to both his ethics and politics, can be understood in relationship to other models. In particular, how do Spinoza's philosophical and political conceptions of servitude interact with the notions of his contemporaries objecting to the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples or to the domination of women? Her teaching interests include the history of political thought, early modern philosophy, feminism, philosophy of race, and environmental thoughts. 

Teaching areas: 

History of Political Philosophy (esp. 17th and 19th centuries); 17th century philosophy; Contemporary Political Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy; Philosophy of Race; Environmental Philosophy.

Selected publications: 


Spinoza's Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, co-edited with Y. Melamed (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Feminist Philosophies of Life, co-edited with Chloë Taylor (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016).

Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization (University of Chicago, 2011).

Recent Essays:

“Slavery and Servitude in Seventeenth-Century Feminism: Arcangela Tarabotti and Gabrielle Suchon,” in Routledge Handbook of Women and Early Modern European Philosophy, edited by K. Detlefsen and L. Shapiro (London: Routledge 2023): 297-310.

“Spinoza on the Fear of Solitude,” Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 11 (2022): 137-162.

“’I dare not mutter a word: Speech and Political Violence in Spinoza,” Crisis and Critique 8.1 (July 2021): 365-386.

“Not all Humans: Radical Criticism of the Anthropocene Narrative,” Environmental Philosophy 17.1 (2020): 143-158.

“Feminism and Heterodoxy: Moira Gatens’s Spinoza,” Philosophy Today 63.3 (2019): 795-803.

“Generosity as Freedom in Spinoza’s Ethics,” in Spinoza in 21st Century American and French Philosophy, edited by J. Stetter and C. Ramond (Bloomsbury, 2019): 277-288.

“Family Quarrels and Mental Harmony: Spinoza’s Oikos-Polis Analogy,” in Spinoza’s Political Treatise: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2018): 93-110.

“Spinoza’s commonwealth and the anthropomorphic illusion,” Philosophy Today (Fall 2017): 833-846.

“Spinoza and the possibilities for radical climate ethics,” Dialogues in Human Geography 7.2 (July 2017): 156-160.

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