Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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

Selected Publications

  • “The 'Empty Amusement' of Willing: Berkeley on Agent Causation,” Berkeley Studies, 25 (2014), pp. 3-15.
  • “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.
  • "Berkeley's Bermuda Project in Context," in B. Belfrage and R. Brook (eds.) A New Companion to Berkeley (New York and London: Bloomsbury) forthcoming.
  • “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.

Selected Presentations 

  • “Theories of Friendship: Reclaiming Women Writers,” Women's Intellectual History, New School for Social Research, New York, Sept 2015.
  • “Berkeley’s Doctrine of Passive Disobedience,” Whitehall Museum House, Middletown, RI, Aug 2015.
  • “George Berkeley in Newport: The Bermuda Proposal,” Trinity Church, Newport, RI, Oct 2014.
  • “Mary Astell’s Anti-Aristotelian Theory of Friendship,” New York/New Jersey Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, John Jay College, Oct 2014 AND Northern New England Philosophical Association, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Oct 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.
  • "Activity and Passivity in Mary Astell's Theory of Friendship," conference on Women, Truth, Action, University of Helsinki, Oct 2013.
  • "Rules for the Dissolution of a Friendship: Aristotle and Wollstonecraft on Marriage and Virtue Friendship," History of Philosophy Research Seminar, University of Helsinki, Oct 2013.
  • “’I thank thee Lord that I am friendless too; tho' that alas be hard to do’; Astell and Wollstonecraft on Aristotelian Friendship,” Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Mar 2013 AND Trinity College, Dublin, Mar 2013.