I have three main strands of philosophical research (click for subpage):



Wildman, N. and McDonnell, N. (2020) The puzzle of virtual theft. Analysis, (Early access)

McDonnell, N. (2019) The non-occurrence of events. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 99(2), pp. 269-285. (doi: 10.1111/phpr.12476)

McDonnell, N. and Wildman, N. (2019) Virtual reality: digital or fictional? Disputatio, (Accepted for Publication)

McDonnell, N. (2018) Making a contribution and making a difference. American Philosophical Quarterly, 55(3), pp. 303-312.

McDonnell, N. (2018) Transitivity and proportionality in causation. Synthese, 195(3), pp. 1211-1229. (doi:10.1007/s11229-016-1263-1)

McDonnell, N. (2017) Causal exclusion and the limits of proportionality. Philosophical Studies, 174(6), pp. 1459-1474. (doi:10.1007/s11098-016-0767-3)

McDonnell, N. (2016) Events and their counterparts. Philosophical Studies, 173(5), pp. 1291-1308. (doi:10.1007/s11098-015-0547-5)

McDonnell, N. (2015) The deviance in deviant causal chains. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 4(3), pp. 162-170. (doi:10.1002/tht3.169)

Book Chapters:

McDonnell, N. (2019) Immersive technology and medical visualisation: a user's guide. In: Rea, P. (ed.) Biomedical Visualisation. Series: Advances in experimental medicine and biology. Springer. (Accepted for Publication)

Book Reviews:

McDonnell, N. (2018) 'Making a Difference', edited by Helen Beebee, Huw Price and Christopher Hitchcock, OUP, 2017, Pp.352, Price h/b £55.00. Philosophical Quarterly, [Book Review] (Accepted for Publication)


Carter, J. Adam & McDonnell, Neil (2018). Welcome to the Machine. The Philosophers' Magazine 81:33-39.


McDonnell, Neil (2015). Counterfactuals and counterparts: defending a neo-Humean theory of causation. Dissertation, Macquarie University and University of Glasgow