Jeff McDonough

Alvin Plantinga Fellow

Professor of Philosophy

Harvard University

Ph.D., University of California-Irvine


Jeff McDonough is a Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2005 after receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California - Irvine.

Professor McDonough’s research interests include early modern and medieval philosophy, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of religion. He has written numerous papers on a wide-range of subjects, usually from a historical perspective. Recent papers include, “Leibniz:  Creation and Conservation and Concurrence,” Leibniz Review 2007; “Berkeley, Human Agency, and Divine Concurrence,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 2008; “Leibniz on Natural Teleology and the Laws of Optics,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2009; “Leibniz and the Puzzle of Incompossibility: The Packing Strategy,” The Philosophical Review 2010; “Leibniz’s Conciliatory Account of Substance,” The Philosopher’s Imprint 2013; and “Leibniz and the Foundations of Physics: The Latter Years,” The Philosophical Review 2016.

Jeff will be spending the year at the Center working on a number of book length projects including a course book on the philosophy of religion, a monograph on optimality in Leibniz’s philosophy, and an edited volume on teleology for the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series. He will also be working on few shorter pieces including papers on Leibniz’s formal theory of contingency, Spinoza’s understanding of immortality, and Leibniz’s views on causation.