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    • Berkeley, Human Agency and Divine Concurrentism 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
      Berkeley ’s commentators have been highly critical of his account of human agency. In this essay I argue that there is a rather straightforward reading of his view that is historically sensitive, philosophically well-motivated, ...
    • Defending the Refutation of Idealism 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (Southwestern Philosophical Society, 2000)
      In his Kant and the Claims of Knowledge, Paul Guyer offers an influential reading of Kant’s famous “Refutation of Idealism.” Guyer’s reading has been widely praised as Kantian exegesis but less favorably received as an ...
    • Freedom and the Ability to Sin 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (University of Notre Dame, 2016)
    • The Heyday of Teleology and Early Modern Philosophy 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (Wiley Periodicals, 2011)
    • Leibniz and the Foundations of Physics: The Later Years 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (Duke University Press, 2016)
    • Leibniz and the Puzzle of Incompossibility: The Packing Strategy 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (Duke University Press, 2010)
    • Leibniz on Monadic Agency and Optimal Form 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016)
    • Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (International Phenomenological Society, 2009)
      This essay examines one of the cornerstones of Leibniz’s defense of teleology within the order of nature, namely, his derivation of the two central laws of geometrical optics from his “Most Determined Path Principle” or ...
    • Leibniz's Optics and Contingency in Nature 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (MIT Press, 2010)
      In the late 1670's to early 1680's, Leibniz came to hold that the laws of nature are paradigmatically contingent, that they provide the basis for a new argument from design, and that they presuppose the existence of active, ...
    • Leibniz's Two Realms Revisited 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 2008)
      In his attempt to reconcile piety and the new science, teleology and mechanism, final causation and efficient causation, Leibniz often speaks of there being two realms – a “kingdom of power or efficient causes” and “a ...
    • Leibniz, Spinoza and an Alleged Dilemma for Rationalists 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K. (University of Michigan Library, 2015)
      In a stimulating recent paper, “violations of the principle of Sufficient Reason (in Leibniz and Spinoza),” Michael Della Rocca argues that rationalists face a daunting dilemma: either abandon the principle of Sufficient ...
    • Leibniz’s Conciliatory Account of Substance 

      McDonough, Jeffrey K (University of Michigan, 2013)
      This essay offers an alternative account of Leibniz’s views on substance and fundamental ontology. The proposal is driven by three main ideas. First, that Leibniz’s treatment should be understood against the backdrop of a ...