Hannah Laurens

Published: 14 November 2016

Aristotle on the Active Intellect

University of St Andrews

Aristotle on the Active Intellect

Academic History:

2008 - 2012 BA Philosophy (distinction)

2012 - 2013 MA in Political, Legal, & Economic Philosophy (distinction)

2013 - 2015 BPhil in Philosophy


Professor Sarah Broadie (University of St Andrews)

Dr Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews)

Research Interests:

  • Aristotle
  • Spinoza
  • Action Theory
  • Environmental Ethics


AHRC Studentship

British Society for Aesthetics Travel Stipends

Corpus Christi Travel Stipend

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford Travel Stipend


Cyril Joad Prize for top BA results


'Finite in Infinity: Spinoza's Conception of Human Freedom Explained through his Metaphysics,' in: Stance (listed in the Philosopher’s Index), international undergraduate philosophy journal, Ball State University, USA

Selected Conference Presentations:

'An Eternal Part of the Body? Spinoza on Human Existence beyond Life and Death'

  • Life & Death in Early Modern Philosophy, Conference of the ESEMP/BSHP, 2016, UK

'Functions as Essences: an Aristotelian Analysis of Aesthetic Artefacts'

  • Conference of the European Society for Aesthetics, 2016, SPAIN
  • Aristotelian Themes in Metaphysics, Boğaziçi University, 2016, TURKEY

'Reconsidering Spinoza's Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva'

  • 6th Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, St Andrews, 2015, UK
  • 6th Princeton-Penn-Columbia Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy, 2015, USA
  • 1st Collegium Spinozanum, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2015, NL

'Attention determines Action'

  • 22nd Kent State Graduate Philosophy Conference, 2015, USA

Contact Details:

Address: Edgecliffe, School of Philosophy, The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AL

Work Tel No: 07963 890868

Email: hpel@st-andrews.ac.uk

First published: 14 November 2016