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Wheaton College


Nancy Kendrick

Nancy Kendrick

Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., B.A. University of South Florida

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Feminist History of Philosophy

Selected Publications, Creative Work, or Performances


  • "Berkeley's Bermuda Project in Context," in B. Belfrage and R. Brooks (eds.) A New Companion to Berkeley (New York and London: Bloomsbury), forthcoming.
  • “Wollstonecraft on Marriage as Virtue Friendship,” in S. Bergès and A. Coffee (eds.) Wollstonecraft's Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 34-49.
  • “Including Early Modern Women Writers in Survey Courses: A Call to Action,” co-authored with Jessica Gordon-Roth, Metaphilosophy, Vol. 46, No. 3 (July 2015), pp. 364-79.
  • “Berkeley’s Bermuda Project and The Ladies Library,” in S. Charles (ed.), Berkeley Revisited: Moral, Social and Political Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2015), pp. 243-57.
  • "The 'Empty Amusement' of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation," Berkeley Studies, 25 (2014), pp. 3-15. (Winner of 2015 Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize).
  • “The Non-Christian Influence on Anselm’s Proslogion Argument,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 69, No. 2 (2011), pp. 73-89.
  • “Why Hume’s Counterexample is Insignificant and Why It is Not,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 17, No. 5 (December 2009), pp. 955-979.
  • “‘Presence’ and ‘Likeness’ in Arnauld’s Critique of Malebranche.” Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Vol. XXVI (2002), pp. 205-212.
  • “Why Cartesian Ideas of Sense are Innate.” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 38, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 413-428.
  • "Uniqueness in Descartes' ‘Infinite’ and ‘Indefinite’," History of Philosophy Quarterly Vol. 15, No. 1  (January 1998), pp. 23-35.

Recent Presentations 

  • “Bishop Berkeley in Paradise.” Invited Lecture, Paradise Valley Lecture Series, Newport, RI, November 2016.
  • “Wollstonecraft on Marriage as Virtue Friendship.” Invited lecture at the New School for Social Research, New York, November 2016.
  • “The Visible and the Invisible: Feminist Recovery in the History of Philosophy,” Conference on Recovering Women’s Past, University of Edinburgh, September 2016.        
  •  “Astell and Berkeley on Passive Obedience and the Social Contract.” Invited lecture at the Locke Workshop, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, April 2016.
  • “Theories of Friendship: Reclaiming Women Writers,” Women's Intellectual History, New School for Social Research, New York, September 2015.
  • “Berkeley’s Doctrine of Passive Disobedience,” Whitehall Museum House, Middletown, RI, August 2015.
  • “George Berkeley in Newport: The Bermuda Proposal,” Trinity Church, Newport, RI, October 2014.
  • “Mary Astell’s Anti-Aristotelian Theory of Friendship,” New York/New Jersey Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, John Jay College, October 2014 AND Northern New England Philosophical Association, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, October 2014.
  • “Astell’s Authority and Her Theory of Friendship,” Panel presentation: Power, Pedagogy, and Philosophy’s ‘Woman Problem,’ New School for Social Research, NYC, May 2014.