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  1.  72 DLs
    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 (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, 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 (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 (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 (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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    Edward MacKinnon (1995). Book Review:From C-Numbers to Q-Numbers: The Classical History of Quantum Theory Olivier Darrigol. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 62 (2):348-350.
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    Edward Mackinnon (2008). The New Reductionism. Philosophical Forum 39 (4):439-461.
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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 (1975). Book Review:The Logical Analysis of Quantum Mechanics Erhard Scheibe, J. B. Sykes. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 42 (1):96-100.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1973). Language, Speech, and Speech-Acts. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 34 (2):224-238.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1986). Book Review:The Philosophy of Niels Bohr: The Framework of Complementarity Henry J. Folse. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 53 (3):458-.
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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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    Edward MacKinnon (2010). The Language of Classical Physics. Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 9:36-113.
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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 (...)
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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 (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 (1961). Thomism and Atomism. Modern Schoolman 38 (2):121-141.
    This is an attempt, which I subsequently abandoned, to relate Thomistic metaphysics to modern physics.
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    Edward M. Mackinnon (1967). The New Materialism. Heythrop Journal 8 (1):5-26.
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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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    John Kekes, Joseph Agassi, Edward Mackinnon, Gerhard D. Wassermann & Warren Hagar (1981). Book Reviews and Critical Studies. [REVIEW] Philosophia 10 (1-2):43-139.
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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 (1960). Atomic Physics and Reality. Modern Schoolman 38 (1):37-59.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1969). The Role of Conceptual and Linguistic Frameworks. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43:24-43.
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    Edward M. MacKinnon (1967). Analysis and the Philosophy of Science. International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (2):213-250.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1962). The Philosophy of Physics. Modern Schoolman 39 (3):283-285.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1962). Time and Contemporary Physics. International Philosophical Quarterly 2 (3):428-457.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1959). Personal Knowledge. Modern Schoolman 36 (4):294-296.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1967). The Philosophy of Science. International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (1):184-186.
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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 (1964). Aristotelianism and Modern Physics. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 38:102-109.
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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 (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 (1961). Dimensions of Mind. Modern Schoolman 39 (1):68-70.
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    Edward MacKinnon (2013). The Origin of Quantification. Open Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):6.
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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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    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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    Edward MacKinnon (1967). Aspects of Scientific Explanation. New Scholasticism 41 (2):283-283.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1994). Bohr and the Realism Debates. In Jan Faye & Henry J. Folse (eds.), Niels Bohr and Contemporary Philosophy. Kluwer Academic Publishers 279--302.
    This article clarifies Bohr's position by focusing on the work he did in nuclear physics and scattering theory.
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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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    Edward MacKinnon (2007). Eugene D. Mayers 1915-2007. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 81 (2):175 -.
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    Edward MacKinnon (1969). Truth and the Historicity of Man. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43:24-43.
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    Edward Mackinnon (1985). The Tiger and the Shark: Empirical Roots of Wave-Particle Dualism. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Science 18 (3):347-348.
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    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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    Edward Mackinnon (1964). Understanding According to Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. - Part III. The Thomist 28 (4):475.
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    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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    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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    Edward Mackinnon (1968). F. E. Crowe, S.J., "Collection: Papers by Bernard Lonergan, S.J.". [REVIEW] The Thomist 32 (1):139.
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    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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    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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