24 found
Sort by:
See also:
Profile: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)
  1. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Translated By.
    Hypothesis 1. All color is an impression on the sensorium, not a certain quality in things, but an extrinsic denomination, or, as Thomas Hobbes says, a phantasm.
    No categories
    Translate to English
    |
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  2. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Comments on Andy Egan’s "Second-Order Predication and the Metaphysics of Properties&Quot;.
    Comments on Andy Egan’s "Second-Order Predication and the Metaphysics of Properties," presented at California State University Long Beach, CA 2003.
    Translate to English
    |
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  3. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Comments on Daniel Garber's "Metaphysics and Theology: The Role of the Monadology in Leibniz's Essais de Théodicée&Quot;.
    In his rich and engaging essay, Professor Garber asks most centrally, “…what was the relation between Leibniz’s metaphysical project as set out in the so-called ‘Monadologie’ and the more theological project in the Essais de Théodicée?” His answer is, in short, that there isn’t much of a relationship between these two great works. Furthermore, he takes this result to be evidence of Leibniz’s not being a systematic philosopher in the spirit of Descartes or Spinoza. In these brief comments, I revisit (...)
    Translate to English
    |
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  4. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Comments on Roger Ariew's “Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suarez”.
    Comments on Roger Ariew’s “Descartes and Leibniz as Readers of Suarez," presented at Franscico Suarez, S.J.: Last Medieval or First Early Modern?, London, Ontario, University of Western Ontario, September 2008.
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  5. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Comments on Sukjae Lee's “Berkeley on the Activity of Spirits”.
    Comments on Sukjae Lee's "Berkeley on the Activity of Spirits," presented at Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, December 2007.
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  6. Jeffrey K. McDonough (forthcoming). Descartes' "Dioptrics" and Descartes' Optics. In Larry Nolan (ed.), The Cambridge Descartes Lexicon. Cambridge.
    The Dioptrique, often translated as the Optics or, more literally, as the Dioptrics is one of Descartes’ earliest works. Likely begun in the mid to late 1620’s, Descartes refers to it by name in a letter to Mersenne of 25 November 1630 (AT I 182; CSM(K) III, 29). Its subject matter partially overlaps with Descartes’ more foundational project The World or Treatise on Light in which he offers a general mechanistic account of the universe including the formation, transmission, and reception (...)
    Translate to English
    |
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  7. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2013). Leibniz's Conciliatory Account of Substance. Philosophers' Imprint 13 (6).
    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 traditional dispute over the paradigmatic nature substance as well as his own overarching conciliatory ambitions. Second, that Leibniz’s metaphysics is intended to support his conciliatory view that both traditional views of substance are tenable in at least their positive and philosophical respects. Third, that the relationship between (...)
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  8. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2011). Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (3):380-381.
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  9. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2011). Penultimate Draft. Philosophy 35:179-204.
    No categories
    Direct download  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  10. Jeffrey K. Mcdonough (2011). The Heyday of Teleology and Early Modern Philosophy. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 35 (1):179-204.
  11. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2010). Leibniz and the Puzzle of Incompossibility: The Packing Strategy. Philosophical Review 119 (2):135-163.
    Confronting the threat of a Spinozistic necessitarianism, Leibniz insists that not all possible substances are compossible—that they can't all be instantiated together—and thus that not all possible worlds are compossible—that they can't all be instantiated together. While it is easy to appreciate Leibniz's reasons for embracing this view, it has proven difficult to see how his doctrine of incompossibility might be reconciled with the broader commitments of his larger philosophical system. This essay develops, in four sections, a novel solution to (...)
    Direct download (7 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  12. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2010). Leibniz's Optics and Contingency in Nature. Perspectives on Science 18 (4):432-455.
    Leibniz’s mature philosophical understanding of the laws of nature emerges rather suddenly in the late 1670’s to early 1680’s and is signaled by his embrace of three central theses.1 The first, what I’ll call the thesis of Contingency, suggests that the laws of nature are not only contingent, but, in some sense, paradigmatically contingent; they are supposed to provide insight into the very nature of contingency as Leibniz comes to understand it. The second, what I’ll call the thesis of Providence, (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  13. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2009). Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (3):505 - 544.
    This essay examines one of the cornerstones of Leibniz's defense of teleology within the order of nature. The first section explores Leibniz's contributions to the study of geometrical optics, and argues that his "Most Determined Path Principle" or "MDPP" allows him to bring to the fore philosophical issues concerning the legitimacy of teleological explanations by addressing two technical objections raised by Cartesians to non-mechanistic derivations of the laws of optics. The second section argues that, by drawing on laws such as (...)
    Direct download (10 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  14. Peter Forshaw & Jeffrey K. McDonough (2008). JHP Announcements. Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (1):185-86.
    Translate to English
    | Direct download (3 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  15. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2008). Berkeley, Human Agency and Divine Concurrentism. Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):pp. 567-590.
    This paper aims to offer a sympathetic reading of Berkeley’s often maligned account of human agency. The first section briefly revisits three options concerning the relationship between human and divine agency available to theistically minded philosophers in the medieval and early modern eras. The second argues that, of those three views, only the position of concurrentism is consistent with Berkeley’s texts. The third section explores Berkeley’s reasons for adopting concurrentism by highlighting three motivating considerations drawn from his larger philosophical system. (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  16. Jeffrey K. McDonough, Leibniz's Philosophy of Physics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    entry for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) This entry will attempt to provide a broad overview of the central themes of Leibniz’s philosophy of physics, as well as an introduction to some of the principal arguments and argumentative strategies he used to defend his positions. It tentatively includes sections entitled, The Historical Development of Leibniz’s Physics, Leibniz on Matter, Leibniz’s Dynamics, Leibniz on the Laws of Motion, Leibniz on Space and Time. A bibliography arranged by topic is also included. (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  17. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2008). Leibniz's Two Realms Revisited. Noûs 42 (4):673-696.
    Leibniz speaks, in a variety of contexts, of there being two realms—a "kingdom of power or efficient causes" and "a kingdom of wisdom or final causes." This essay explores an often overlooked application of Leibniz's famous "two realms doctrine." The first part turns to Leibniz's work in optics for the roots of his view that nature can be seen as being governed by two complete sets of equipotent laws, with one set corresponding to the efficient causal order of the world, (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  18. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2007). Leibniz: Creation and Conservation and Concurrence. The Leibniz Review 17:31-60.
    In this paper I argue that the hoary theological doctrine of divine concurrence poses no deep threat to Leibniz’s views on theodicy and creaturely activity even as those views have been traditionally understood. The first three sections examine respectively Leibniz’s views on creation, conservation and concurrence, with an eye towards showing their sys­tematic compatibility with Leibniz’s theodicy and metaphysics. The fourth section takes up remaining worries arising from the bridging principle that conservation is a continued or continuous creation, and argues (...)
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  19. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2003). A Rosa Multiflora by Any Other Name: Taxonomic Incommensurability and Scientific Kinds. Synthese 136 (3):337 - 358.
    The following paper attempts to explore, criticizeand develop Thomas Kuhn's mostmature – and surprisingly neglected – view ofincommensurability. More specifically, itfocuses on (1) undermining an influential picture ofscientific kinds that lies at the heartof Kuhn's understanding of taxonomic incommensurability;(2) sketching an alternativepicture of scientific kinds that takes advantage ofKuhn's partially developed theory ofdisciplinary matrices; and (3) using these two resultsto motivate revisions to Kuhn'stheory of taxonomic incompatibility, as well as, tothe purported bridge betweentaxonomic incompatibility and some of the traditionalproblems associated (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  20. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2002). Hume's Account of Memory. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (1):71 – 87.
    This essay attempts to provide a sympathetic reading of Hume’s often tangled discussion of memory in the Treatise. It divides into three main sections. The first section isolates three puzzles in Hume’s account of memory. The second section attempts to show how those puzzles arise as a result of Hume’s understandable failure to recognize a necessary connection between memory and causation. Finally, the third section looks at how the reading of Hume’s account of memory offered in the first two sections (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  21. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2000). Defending the Refutation of Idealism. Southwestern Philosophy Review 17 (1):35-44.
    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 anti-skeptical line of argument worthy of contemporary interest. In this paper, I focus on defending the general thrust of Guyer’s reading as a response to Cartesian skepticism. The paper falls into two sections. The first section constructs Guyer’s central argument in three steps and gives it (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  22. Jeffrey K. McDonough (2000). Rough Drafts Without Tears. Teaching Philosophy 23 (2):127-137.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation  
  23. John O'Leary-Hawthorne & Jeffrey K. McDonough (1998). Numbers, Minds, and Bodies: A Fresh Look at Mind-Body Dualism. Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):349-371.
    In this essay, we explore a fresh avenue into mind-body dualism by considering a seemingly distant question posed by Frege: "Why is it absurd to suppose that Julius Caesar is a number?". The essay falls into three main parts. In the first, through an exploration of Frege’s Julius Caesar problem, we attempt to expose two maxims applicable to the mind-body problem. In the second part, we draw on those maxims in arguing that “full blown dualism” is preferable to more modest, (...)
    Direct download (6 more)  
     
    My bibliography  
     
    Export citation