Nancy Kendrick

Professor of Philosophy




Knapton 122

(508) 286-3678

(508) 286-3640



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



“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.


“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.