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  1. Daniel McArthur (2011). Review of The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations. [REVIEW] Education and Culture 27 (2):8.
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  2. Daniel McArthur (2011). The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations: The Philosophy of Science and its Implications for the Study of World Politics (Review). Education and Culture 27 (2):97-100.
    Book reviews in this journal usually proceed by considering the value of the book in question for Dewey scholarship. In this case I would rather say that this book is of interest to Dewey scholars. Jackson’s general project is heavily informed by Dewey’s pluralistic brand of pragmatism. As Jackson notes “Dewey’s Logic . . . stand[s] firmly in the tradition leading to this book” (216). Dewey scholars will greet Jackson’s extension of this approach to the study of international relations warmly. (...)
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  3. Daniel James McArthur (2011). Discovery, Theory Change and Structural Realism. Synthese 179 (3):361 - 376.
    In this paper I consider two accounts of scientific discovery, Robert Hudson's and Peter Achinstein's. I assess their relative success and I show that while both approaches are similar in promising ways, and address experimental discoveries well, they could address the concerns of the discovery sceptic more explicitly than they do. I also explore the implications of their inability to address purely theoretical discoveries, such as those often made in mathematical physics. I do so by showing that extending Hudson's or (...)
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  4. Anton Petrenko & Dan McArthur (2011). High-Stakes Gambling with Unknown Outcomes: Justifying the Precautionary Principle. Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (4):346-362.
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  5. Daniel McArthur (2010). Stathis Psillos, Philosophy of Science AZ Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 29 (2):130-131.
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  6. Anton Petrenko & Dan McArthur (2010). Between Same-Sex Marriages and the Large Hadron Collider : Making Sense of the Precautionary Principle. [REVIEW] Science and Engineering Ethics 16 (3):591-610.
    The Precautionary Principle is a guide to coping with scientific uncertainties in the assessment and management of risks. In recent years, it has moved to the forefront of debates in policy and applied ethics, becoming a key normative tool in policy discussions in such diverse areas as medical and scientific research, health and safety regulation, environmental regulation, product development, international trade, and even judicial review. The principle has attracted critics who claim that it is fundamentally incoherent, too vague to guide (...)
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  7. Dan McArthur (2009). Good Ethics Can Sometimes Mean Better Science: Research Ethics and the Milgram Experiments. Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (1):69-79.
    All agree that if the Milgram experiments were proposed today they would never receive approval from a research ethics board. However, the results of the Milgram experiments are widely cited across a broad range of academic literature from psychology to moral philosophy. While interpretations of the experiments vary, few commentators, especially philosophers, have expressed doubts about the basic soundness of the results. What I argue in this paper is that this general approach to the experiments might be in error. I (...)
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  8. Daniel McArthur (2009). Joseph E. Brenner, Logic in Reality. Philosophy in Review 29 (1):11.
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  9. Dan McArthur (2008). Theory Change, Structural Realism, and the Relativised a Priori. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (1):5 – 20.
    In this paper I claim that Quinean naturalist accounts of science, that deny that there are any a priori statements in scientific frameworks, cannot account for the foundational role of certain classes of statements in scientific practice. In this I follow Michael Friedman who claims that certain a priori statements must be presupposed in order to formulate empirical hypotheses. I also show that Friedman's account, in spite of his claims to the contrary, is compatible with a type of non-Quinean naturalism (...)
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  10. Dan McArthur (2007). Laudan, Friedman and the Role of the A Priori in Science. Journal of Philosophical Research 32:169-190.
    This paper critically contrasts Laudan’s normative naturalism with Friedman’s arguments about the importance of a priori concepts in scientific methodology. I do not take issue with Laudan’s claim that taking philosophy and science to be continuous does not preclude a normative role for the philosophy of science. The main focus of criticism instead is Laudan’s assertion that if normative philosophy employs the methods found in the sciences themselves, then this precludes any a priori or philosophical justification of methodological rules. I (...)
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  11. Dan Mcarthur (2006). Contra Cartwright: Structural Realism, Ontological Pluralism and Fundamentalism About Laws. Synthese 151 (2):233 - 255.
    In this paper I argue against Nancy Cartwright’s claim that we ought to abandon what she calls “fundamentalism” about the laws of nature and adopt instead her “dappled world” hypothesis. According to Cartwright we ought to abandon the notion that fundamental laws (even potentially) apply universally, instead we should consider the law-like statements of science to apply in highly qualified ways within narrow, non-overlapping and ontologically diverse domains, including the laws of fundamental physics. For Cartwright, “laws” are just locally applicable (...)
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  12. Dan McArthur (2006). Lee Worth Bailey, The Enchantments of Technology Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (5):318-320.
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  13. Dan Mcarthur (2006). The Anti-Philosophical Stance, the Realism Question and Scientific Practice. Foundations of Science 11 (4):369-397.
    In recent years a general consensus has been developing in the philosophy of science to the effect that strong social constructivist accounts are unable to adequately account for scientific practice. Recently, however, a number of commentators have formulated an attenuated version of constructivism that purports to avoid the difficulties that plague the stronger claims of its predecessors. Interestingly this attenuated form of constructivism finds philosophical support from a relatively recent turn in the literature concerning scientific realism. Arthur Fine and a (...)
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  14. Daniel McArthur (2006). Recent Debates Over Structural Realism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 37 (2):209 - 224.
    In recent years Structural Realism has been revived as a compromise candidate to resolve the long-standing question of scientific realism. Recent debate over structural realism originates with Worrall's (1989) paper "Structural Realism: The best of Both Worlds". However, critics such as Psillos contend that structural realism incorporates an untenable distinction between structure and nature, and is therefore unworkable. In this paper I consider three versions of structural realism that purport to avoid such criticism. The first is Chakravartty's "semirealism" which proceeds (...)
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  15. Dan McArthur (2005). Normative Naturalism and the Relativised a Priori. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 36 (2):331 - 350.
    In this paper I address some shortcomings in Larry Laudan's normative naturalism. I make it clear that Laudan's rejection of the "meta-methodology thesis", or MMT is unnecessary, and that a reformulated version MMT can be sustained. I contend that a major difficulty that attends Laudan's account is his contention that a naturalistic philosophy of science cannot accommodate any a priori justification of methodological rules, and consider what sort of naturalism might best replace Laudan's. To do this, I discuss Michael Friedman's (...)
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  16. Dan McArthur (2004). Deflationary Metaphysics, Social Constructivism, and the Natural Ontological Attitude. Journal of Philosophical Research 29:221-234.
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  17. Dan McArthur & Idil Boran (2004). Agent-Centered Restrictions and the Ethics of Space Exploration. Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (1):148–163.
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  18. Dan Mcarthur (2003). Is Pickering's "Pragmatic Realism" Viable? Dialectica 57 (1):71–88.
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  19. Dan McArthur (2003). Joseph Rouse, How Scientific Practices Matter: Reclaiming Philosophical Naturalism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (4):279-281.
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  20. Dan McArthur (2003). Peter Achinstein, The Book of Evidence Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 23 (4):235-237.
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  21. Dan McArthur (2003). Reconsidering Structural Realism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 33 (4):517 - 536.
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  22. Daniel Mcarthur (2002). Why Bachelard is Not a Scientific Realist. Philosophical Forum 33 (2):159–172.
    In recent years several philosophers have sought a defense for scientific realism in Bachelard's work. Two notable examples are Garry Gutting and Mary Tuiattas. This paper shows that such views are based on systematic miss-readings of some of Bachelard's main concepts. The main realist approach has been to show that Bachelard's idea of "phenomeno techniques" corresponds with Nacting's experimental realism. This paper corrects that thesis. In addition to correcting some readings of Bachelard, if this paper is correct, that approach to (...)
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  23. Dan McArthur (2001). Ethics & Interplanetary Exploration. Philosophy Now 34:11-13.
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