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  1. David MacKinnon (2000). A Commentary on Mark Holmes' The Reformation of Canada's Schools David MacKinnon, School of Education, Acadia University. Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 13:55.
     
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  2. Edward A. MacKinnon (1972). The Problem of Scientific Realism. New York,Appleton-Century-Crofts.
    Aristotele. Science as a systematic explanation through causes.--Newton, I. Rules and reflections on scientific reasoning.--Carnap, R. Empiricism, semantics, and ontology.--Hempel, C. On the logic of explanation.--Nagel, E. The realist view of theories.--Quine, W. V. On the role of logic in explanation.--Harris, E. E. Method and explanation in metaphysics.--Einstein, A. Remarks on Bertrand Russell's theory of knowledge.--Sellars, W. The language of theories.--MacKinnon, E. Atomic physics and reality.--Bunge, M. Physics and reality.--Heelan, P. A. Quantum mechanics and objectivity.--Bibliographical essay (p. 285-301).
     
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    Edward MacKinnon (2008). The Standard Model as a Philosophical Challenge. Philosophy of Science 75 (4):447-457.
    There are two opposing traditions in contemporary quantum field theory (QFT). Mainstream Lagrangian QFT led to and supports the standard model of particle interactions. Algebraic QFT seeks to provide a rigorous consistent mathematical foundation for field theory, but cannot accommodate the local gauge interactions of the standard model. Interested philosophers face a choice. They can accept algebraic QFT on the grounds of mathematical consistency and general accord with the semantic conception of theory interpretation. This suggests a rejection of particle ontology. (...)
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    Edward Mackinnon (2006). Pauli’s Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 97:773-774.
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  5. Edward Mackinnon (1995). Atoms, Metaphors, and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics by Sandro Petruccioli. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 86:515-515.
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  6. Edward Mackinnon (1986). Images of Science: Essays on Realism and Empiricism by Paul M. Churchland; Clifford A. Hooker; Bas C. Van Fraassen. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 77:116-117.
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  7. Edward Mackinnon (1969). Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes: "A Critical Review". Philosophical Forum 1 (4):509.
    This is a long critical evaluation of W. Sellars's book.
     
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    Edward MacKinnon (1975). A Reinterpretation of Harre's Copernican Revolution. Philosophy of Science 42 (1):67-79.
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    Albert Jonsen & Edward MacKinnon (1970). A Reinterpretation of Natural Law Ethics. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 44:161-171.
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    J. B. Grant, A. J. Mackinnon, H. Christensen & J. Walker (2009). Participants' Perceptions of Motivation, Randomisation and Withdrawal in a Randomised Controlled Trial of Interventions for Prevention of Depression. Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (12):768-773.
    Aims and background: Little is known about how participants perceive prevention trials, particularly trials designed to prevent mental illness. This study examined participants’ motives for participating in a trial and their views of randomisation and the ability to withdraw from a randomised controlled trial (RCT) for prevention of depression. Methods: Participants were older adults reporting elevated depression symptoms (N = 900) living in urban and regional locations in Australia who had consented to participate in an RCT of interventions to prevent (...)
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    Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon & Kenneth Surin (eds.) (1989). Christ, Ethics, and Tragedy: Essays in Honour of Donald Mackinnon. Cambridge University Press.
    The essays in this volume constitute the proceedings of a conference on the work of Ddonald MacKinnon, this century's most influential British theologian. MacKinnon's work ranges from Aristotelean metaphysics to trinitarian reflection to Marxism. Surin's contributors start with MacKinnon's writings and move on to discuss such topics as his relation to Barth's theology, the controversy betwen realism and idealism, Trinity and ontology, incarnation and kenosis, the problem of evil, and MacKinnon's ethical reflections.
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  12. Catharine A. MacKinnon (2004). Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights. In Cass R. Sunstein & Martha Craven Nussbaum (eds.), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions. Oxford University Press 263--76.
     
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    Edward MacKinnon (1972). Theoretical Entities and Metatheories. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 3 (2):105-117.
    This paper argues that existence claims for theoretical entities must be based on more than their role in one theory. The supplementary evidence should be either observation, whether direct or indirect, or the possibility of detaching the existence claim from one particular theory. A logical schematism for the latter type of support is developed.
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  14. Diane L. Butcher & Karen A. MacKinnon (2015). Educational Silos in Nursing Education: A Critical Review of Practical Nurse Education in Canada. Nursing Inquiry 22 (3):231-239.
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    Edward A. Maziarz (1975). "Natural Philosophy Through the Eighteenth Century and Allied Topics," Ed. Allan Ferguson; and "The Problem of Scientific Realism," by Edward A. Mackinnon. Modern Schoolman 53 (1):86-87.
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  16. Mary Hesse (1974). The Problem of Scientific Realism by Edward A. MacKinnon. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 65:528-528.
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  17. Edward MacKinnon (1979). Scientific Realism: The New Debates. Philosophy of Science 46 (4):501-532.
    In place of earlier instrumentalist and phenomenalist interpretations of science both Quine and Sellars have developed highly influential realist positions centering around the doctrine that accepting a theory as explanatory and irreducible rationally entails accepting the entities posited by the theory. A growing reaction against this realism is partially based on perceived inadequacies in the doctrines of Quine and Sellars, but even more on reconstructions of scientific explanations which do not involve such ontic commitments. Three types of anti-realistic positions are (...)
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  18. Edward Mackinnon (1982). The Truth of Scientific Claims. Philosophy of Science 49 (3):437-462.
    The idea that science aspires to and routinely achieves truths about the world has been challenged in recent writings. Rather than beginning with a theory of scientific development, or of scientific explanation, we begin with a consideration of truth claims in ordinary discourse, particularly with Davidson's truth-functional semantics. Next we consider the way in which some framework features of ordinary language discourse are extended to and modified in scientific discourse. Two areas are treated in more detail: quantum theory, and the (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (2011). Interpreting Physics: Language and the Classical/Quantim Divide. Springer.
    This book is the first to offer a systematic account of the role of language in the development and interpretation of physics. An historical-conceptual analysis of the co-evolution of physics and mathematics leads to the classical/quantum interface. Bohr's interpretation is analyzed and extended to the interpretation of the standard model of particle physics.
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    Edward MacKinnon, The Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
    The consistent histories reformulation of quantum mechanics was developed by Robert Griffiths, given a formal logical systematization by Roland Omn\`{e}s, and under the label `decoherent histories', was independently developed by Murray Gell-Mann and James Hartle and extended to quantum cosmology. Criticisms of CH involve issues of meaning, truth, objectivity, and coherence, a mixture of philosophy and physics. We will briefly consider the original formulation of CH and some basic objections. The reply to these objections, like the objections themselves, involves a (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon, Generating Ontology: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory.
    Philosophical interpretations of theories generally presuppose that a theory can be presented as a consistent mathematical formulation that is interpreted through models. Algebraic quantum field theory (AQFT) can fit this interpretative model. However, standard Lagrangian quantum field theory (LQFT), as well as quantum electrodynamics and nuclear physics, resists recasting along such formal lines. The difference has a distinct bearing on ontological issues. AQFT does not treat particle interactions or the standard model. This paper develops a framework and methodology for interpreting (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (1984). Scientific Progress and Conceptual Consistency. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:137 - 145.
    One of the key interpretative problems generated by the development of quantum theory was the conceptual consistency underlying scientific change, a problem not adequately treated by any of the leading theories of scientific development. In different but related ways Quine, Sellars, and Davidson have treated the problem of conceptual consistency by showing how one can begin with ordinary language and proceed to specialized extensions. Their techniques have not been applied to modern physics. However, one basis for applying them arises from (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (2007). Schwinger and the Ontology of Quantum Field Theory. Foundations of Science 12 (4):295-323.
    An epistemological interpretation of quantum mechanics hinges on the claim that the distinctive features of quantum mechanics can be derived from some distinctive features of an observational basis. Old and new variations of this theme are listed. The program has a limited success in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The crucial issue is how far it can be extended to quantum field theory without introducing significant ontological postulates. A C*-formulation covers algebraic quantum field theory, but not the standard model. Julian Schwinger’s anabatic (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (1980). Niels Bohr on the Unity of Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:224-244.
    Niels Bohr began his career with an attempt to give a correct descriptive account of the motion of electrons. When forced to abandon this interpretation, he adopted, but soon rejected, a hypothetical-deductive account. In his development of an interpretation for the new quantum theory Bohr began to concentrate on the way language functions to make descriptions possible. His later work on this problem and on the role of concepts in the foundations of science led him to anticipate some of the (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (1961). Philosophy of Science. Modern Schoolman 38 (3):248-251.
    This is a review of a book comprising a series of lelctures.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1978). The Development of Kant's Conception of Scientific Explanation. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978:18 - 30.
    In the course of his long development, Kant's concept of matter changed somewhat, while his concept of scientific explanation changed considerably. Both developments achieved a coherent integration in Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. Using this developmental background, the present paper argues that the Foundations should be interpreted as an attempted rational reconstruction of the mechanics of Newton and Euler. Kant attempted to do this by constructing a concept of matter that would confer a Leibnizian intelligibility on Newtonian mechanics, and (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (2010). The Language of Classical Physics. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 9:36-113.
    ABSTRACT. The objectivity of physics has been called into question by social theorists, Kuhnian relativists, and by anomalous aspects of quantum mechanics. Here we focus on one neglected background issue, the categorical structure of the language of classical physics. The first half is an historical overview of the formation of the language of classical physics, beginning with Aristotle's Categories and the novel idea of the quantity of a quality introduced by medieval Aristotelians. Descartes and Newton at-tempted to put the new (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (1968). Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, I. Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):113 - 137.
    This is a critical survey of positions developed by I. Scheffler, S, Korner, and E. Harris.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1959). Personal Knowledge. Modern Schoolman 36 (4):294-296.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1961). Motion, Mechanics, and Theology. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 36 (3):344-370.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1962). The Nature of Physical Knowledge. Modern Schoolman 39 (3):269-272.
    A review of a book bu L. W. Friedrich, S. J.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1968). Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, II. Review of Metaphysics 22 (2):329 - 358.
    This article completes the study begun in I by a detailed consideration of errol harris's, "the foundations of metaphysics in science" and by an independent interpretation of the epistemological foundations of scientific theories. This is done in terms of two components labelled 'a physical language' and 'a mathematical language'. A physical language is conceived as a transformed extension of ordinary language which preserves its basic structural principles while modifying its descriptive metaphysics. The relation between such a physical language and a (...)
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    Edward MacKinnon (2007). Eugene D. Mayers 1915-2007. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 81 (2):175 -.
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  34. Richard J. Blackwell (1973). Edward A. MacKinnon , "The Problem of Scientific Realism". [REVIEW] The Thomist 37 (2):407.
     
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  35. Edward Mackinnon (2000). Conceptual Foundations of Quantum Mechanics by Bernard d'Espagnat. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 91:428-429.
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  36. Edward Mackinnon (2001). Interpreting Bodies: Classical and Quantum Objects in Modern Physics by Elena Castellani. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:209-210.
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  37. Edward Mackinnon (2001). Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science by Mary S. Morgan; Margaret Morrison. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:642-643.
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  38. Edward Mackinnon (1998). Mecanique Quantique: Une Introduction Philosophique by Michel Bitbol. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 89:360-361.
    This is an evaluative review of Bitbol's book.
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  39. Edward Mackinnon (1986). Physical Sciences and History of Physics by R. S. Cohen; M. W. Wartofsky. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 77:110-111.
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  40. Edward Mackinnon (1978). Werner Heisenberg: 1901-1976 by Armin Hermann; Timothy Nevill. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 69:149-150.
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    Terence Rajivan Edward, A Solution to the Surprise Exam Paradox.
    The students’ argument against the possibility of a surprise exam assumes that the following would not occur: the teacher decides to give the exam on a certain day, the exam would not be a surprise on that day, but the teacher does not realize this. I give a reason to reject this assumption, and I point out that an attempt to reformulate the surprise exam paradox in order to allow for the assumption does not result in an acceptable argument.
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  42. Terence Rajivan Edward, The Asymmetry Objection to Political Liberalism: Evaluation of a Defence.
    This paper evaluates Jonathan Quong’s attempt to defend a version of political liberalism from the asymmetry objection. I object that Quong’s defence relies on a premise that has not been adequately supported and does not look as if it can be given adequate support.
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  43. Terence Rajivan Edward (2013). A Challenge to Social Constructivism About Science. Ethos: Felsefe ve Toplumsal Bilimlerde Diyaloglar 6 (2):150-156.
    This paper presents a challenge to the coherence of social constructivism about science. It introduces an objection according to which social constructivism appeals to the authority of science regarding the nature of reality and so cannot coherently deny that authority. The challenge is how to avoid this incoherence.
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  44. Terence Rajivan Edward (2009). Has Nagel Uncovered a Form of Idealism? Accepted for Sorites 22.
    In the sixth chapter of The View from Nowhere, Thomas Nagel attempts to identify a form of idealism. The position that he deems idealist is that what there is must be possibly conceivable by us. Nagel claims that this position is held by a number of contemporary philosophers. Even if this is so, I justify the view that it is not a form of idealism.
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    L. Mackinnon (1978). A Nondispersive de Broglie Wave Packet. Foundations of Physics 8 (3-4):157-176.
    It is assumed that the motion of a particle in spacetime does not depend on the motion relative to it of any observer or of any frame of reference. Thus if the particle has an internal vibration of the type hypothesized by de Broglie, the phase of that vibration at any point in spacetime must appear to be the same to all observers, i.e., the same in all frames of reference. Each observer or reference frame will have its own de (...)
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    L. Mackinnon (1979). The de Broglie Wave Packet for a Simple Stationary State. Foundations of Physics 9 (9-10):787-791.
    A simple stationary state is set up by combining the two de Broglie waves from two particles traveling in one direction with equal and opposite velocities. By considering the waves forming this state from the point of view of all possible observers moving in the same direction, it is shown that the basic standing wave pattern does not alter, but that the particle will be confined to a small region stationary relative to this pattern. This region is similar in extent (...)
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    C. Edward & P. E. Preece (1999). Shared Teaching in Health Care Ethics: A Report on the Beginning of an Idea. Nursing Ethics 6 (4):299-307.
    In the majority of academic institutions nursing and medical students receive a traditional education, the content of which tends to be specific to their future roles as health care professionals. In essence, each curriculum design is independent of each course. Over the last decade, however, interest has been accumulating in relation to interprofessional and multiprofessional learning at student level. With the view that learning together during their student training would not only encourage and strengthen future collaboration in practice settings but (...)
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    Barbara MacKinnon (1985). American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology. State University of New York Press.
    A final chapter is devoted to twentieth-century American Moral Philosophy. The book is specifically designed to be used as a text for courses in American philosophy.
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  49. Donald M. Mackinnon (1990). Does Faith Create its Own Objects?: DONALD M. MACKINNON. Religious Studies 26 (4):439-451.
    The claim that faith is creative of its objects resides primarily in the conviction that the richness of the life of faith demands that it shall be subject only to its own laws. Its very diversity of expression is indication that it should not be fettered or confined by a restrictive model that outlaws the marvellously unexpected quality of its explorations. Yet that metaphor itself suggests caution; for exploration is necessarily of a territory that the explorer does not bring into (...)
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  50. D. M. Mackinnon (1967). Theology and Tragedy: D. M. MACKINNON. Religious Studies 2 (2):163-169.
    It is now some years since Professor D. Daiches Raphael published his interesting book, The Paradox of Tragedy , which represented one of the first serious attempts made by a British philosopher to assess the significance of tragic drama for ethical, and indeed metaphysical theory. Since then we have had a variety of books touching on related topics: for instance, Dr George Steiner's Death of Tragedy and Mr Raymond Williams’ most recent, elusive and interesting essay, Modern Tragedy. To entitle an (...)
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