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  1. Ernan McMullin (1985). Galilean Idealization. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (3):247-273.
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    Ernan McMullin (2013). The Inference That Makes Science. Zygon 48 (1):143-191.
    Abstract In his Aquinas Lecture 1992 at Marquette University, Ernan McMullin discusses whether there is a pattern of inference that particularly characterizes the sciences of nature. He pursues this theme both on a historical and a systematic level. There is a continuity of concern across the ages that separate the Greek inquiry into nature from our own vastly more complex scientific enterprise. But there is also discontinuity, the abandonment of earlier ideals as unworkable. The natural sciences involve many types of (...)
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  3. Ernan McMullin (2005). Anthropic Explanation in Cosmology. Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):601-614.
    Since Collins and Hawking described the need for an unimaginably precise flatness in the early universe, many have argued that the cosmos thereby requires design. This essay traces the developments of these design speculations from the Collins-Hawking discovery in 1973 to the present, and describes the four possible responses that are available to the apparent fine-tuning of the universe.
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  4. Ernan McMullin (1993). Indifference Principle and Anthropic Principle in Cosmology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (3):359-389.
    The successes scored by the big bang model of cosmic evolution in the 1960’s led to an intensive application of quantum theory to the problem of how the expansion might have begun and what its likely first stages were. It seemed as though an incredibly precise setting of the initial conditions would have been needed in order that a long-lived galactic universe containing heavy elements might develop. One response was to suppose that the fine-tuning could somehow be explained by the (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (2013). Cosmic Purpose and the Contingency of Human Evolution. Zygon 48 (2):338-363.
    Some understand the evolutionary process as more or less predictable; others stress its contingency. I argue that both Christian evolutionists who have assumed that the purposes of the Creator can be realized only through more or less predictable processes as well as those who infer from the contingency of the evolutionary process to the lack of purpose in the universe generally, are mistaken if the Creator escapes from the limits imposed on the creature by temporality, as the traditional Augustinian account (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1984). A Case for Scientific Realism. In J. Leplin (ed.), Scientific Realism. University of California 8--40.
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    Ernan McMullin (1982). Values in Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982 (4):3-28.
    This paper argues that the appraisal of theory is in important respects closer in structure to value-judgement than it is to the rule-governed inference that the classical tradition in philosophy of science took for granted.
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    Ernan McMullin (2011). Darwin and the Other Christian Tradition. Zygon 46 (2):291-316.
    Abstract. Augustine, and following him some major theologians of the early Christian church, noted the apparent discrepancies between the first two chapters of Genesis and suggested an interpretation for these chapters significantly different from the literal. After examining a selection of the relevant texts, we shall follow the later fortunes of this interpretation in brief outline, figuring in particular an unlikely trio: Suarez, St. George Mivart, and Thomas Henry Huxley. Moral: Darwinian theory might plausibly be construed as implementing, unawares, a (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (2013). Galileo's Theological Venture. Zygon 48 (1):192-220.
    In this essay, I will lay out first in some detail the exegetical principles implicit in Augustine's treatment of an early apparent conflict between Scripture and the findings of “sense or reason.” Then I will analyze Galileo's two major discussions of the issue, first in his Letter to Castelli, and then in his Letter to the Grand Duchess, touching on Foscarini's ill-fated Letter in between. I will turn then to an internal tension that many commentators have perceived within the exegetic (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (2013). Biology and the Theology of the Human. Zygon 48 (2):305-328.
    We will consider two Christian responses to the enormous advances in recent years in the connected sciences of genetics, evolutionary biology, and biochemistry, a dualist one by Pope John Paul II and an “emergentist” one by Arthur Peacocke. These two could hardly be more different. It would be impossible within the scope of a brief comment to do justice to these differences. What I hope to do instead is more modest: to draw attention to troublesome ambiguities in some of the (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1963). The Achievement of Galileo. Philosophical Studies 12:314-315.
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  12. Ernan McMullin (1993). Rationality and Paradigm Change in Science. In Paul Horwich (ed.), World Changes. Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science. MIT Press 1993--55.
     
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  13. Ernan McMullin (2003). Van Fraassen's Unappreciated Realism. Philosophy of Science 70 (3):455-478.
    What is not often noted about Bas van Fraassen’s distinctive approach to the scientific realism issue is that constructive empiricism, as he defines it, seems to involve a distinctively realist stance in regard to large parts of natural science. This apparent defection from the ranks of his more uncompromisingly anti‐realist colleagues raises many questions. Is he really leaning to realism here? If he is, why is this not more widely noted? And, more important, if he is, is he entitled to (...)
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  14. James T. Cushing & Ernan McMullin (eds.) (1989). Philoophical Consequences of Quantum Theory. University of Notre Dame Press.
     
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    Ernan McMullin (2001). The Impact of Newton's Principia on the Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Science 68 (3):279-310.
    As the seventeenth century progressed, there was a growing realization among those who reflected on the kind of knowledge the new sciences could afford (among them Kepler, Bacon, Descartes, Boyle, Huygens) that hypothesis would have to be conceded a much more significant place in natural philosophy than the earlier ideal of demonstration allowed. Then came the mechanics of Newton's Principia, which seemed to manage quite well without appealing to hypothesis (though much would depend on how exactly terms like "force" and (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1978). Structural Explanation. American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (2):139 - 147.
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    Ernan McMullin (1995). Underdetermination. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (3):233-252.
    When trying to assess the implications of recent deep shifts in the philosophy of science for the broader arena of medicine, the theme that most readily comes to mind is underdetermination . In scientific research one always hopes for determination: that the world should determine the observations we make of it; that evidence should determine the theories we adopt; that the practice of science should determine results independent of the sort of society in which that practice takes place. In this (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1958). The Problem of Universals. Philosophical Studies 8:122-139.
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    Ernan Mcmullin (1999). Wartości w nauce. Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce 24.
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    Ernan McMullin (1976). The Fertility of Theory and the Unit for Appraisal in Science. In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel 395--432.
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    Ernan McMullin (1963). Metaphor and Reality. [REVIEW] Modern Schoolman 40 (2):184-193.
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    Ernan McMullin (1958). The Physicist's Conception of Nature. Philosophical Studies 8:213-216.
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    Ernan McMullin (1979). Laudan's Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 46 (4):623 - 644.
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    Ernan McMullin (1990). Comment: Duhem's Middle Way. Synthese 83 (3):421 - 430.
    Duhem attempted to find a middle way between two positions he regarded as extremes, the conventionalism of Poincaré and the scientific realism of the majority of his scientific colleagues. He argued that conventionalism exaggerated the arbitrariness of scientific formulations, but that belief in atoms and electrons erred in the opposite direction by attributing too much logical force to explanatory theories. The instrumentalist sympathies so apparent in Duhem's writings on the history of astronomy are only partially counterbalanced by his view that (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1991). Comment: Selective Anti-Realism. Philosophical Studies 61 (1-2):97 - 108.
    Comment on A Fine: "Piecemeal Realism." Fine's critique of scientific realism derives its force from a selective focus on mechanics. But what does the antirealist have to say about evolutionary theory or astrophysics? Furthermore, the circularity objection to the "explanationist" defence of realism can be countered. Fine's own position (NOA) reduces either to instrumentalism or to an unargued-for realism, depending on where the stress is laid.
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    Ralph C. S. Walker & Ernan McMullin (1980). Newton on Matter and Activity. Philosophical Quarterly 30 (120):249.
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    L. F. S. & Ernan McMullin (1994). The Social Dimensions of Science. Philosophical Quarterly 44 (174):135.
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    Ernan McMullin (1956). Newton's Philosophy of Nature. Philosophical Studies 6:176-179.
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    Ernan McMullin (2011). Kepler: Moving the Earth. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 1 (1):3-22.
    The discrepancy between the Aristotelian and the Ptolemaic astronomies led many medievals to regard the latter (and mathematical astronomy generally) as no more than a calculational device. This was the challenge that Copernicus and Kepler had to meet: How was one to show that a mathematically expressed astronomy could indicate that the earth really moves? Copernicus pointed to features of the planetary motions that he could explain but that Ptolemy could not. Kepler went much further. His account of the planetary (...)
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    Ernan McMullin (1960). The Edge of Objectivity. Philosophical Studies 10 (10):267-270.
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    Ernan McMullin (2012). Values in Science. Zygon 47 (4):686-709.
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    Ernan McMullin (1981). The Motive for Metaphor. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 55:27-39.
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    Ernan Mcmullin (1984). Two Ideals of Explanation in Natural Science1. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):205-220.
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    Ernan McMullin (1991). Plantinga’s Defense of Special Creation. Christian Scholar's Review 21 (1):55-70.
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    Ernan McMullin (1963). The Origins of Scientific Thought. Philosophical Studies 12:213-215.
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    Ernan McMullin (1984). The Goals of Natural Science. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 58 (1):37 - 64.
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    Ernan McMullin (1953). Philosophic Problems of Nuclear Science. Philosophical Studies 3:106-121.
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    Ernan McMullin (1960). The Philosophy of Poetry. Philosophical Studies 10 (10):289-289.
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    Ernan McMullin (1957). Theories of the Universe. Philosophical Studies 7:216-219.
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    Ernan McMullin (1957). Philosophical Papers and Letters. Philosophical Studies 7:219-221.
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    Ernan McMullin (1957). Formal Logic. New Scholasticism 31 (1):114-117.
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  42. Ernan Mcmullin (1988). Construction and Constraint the Shaping of Scientific Rationality.
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    Ernan McMullin (1963). Roman Science. Philosophical Studies 12:215-216.
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    Ernan McMullin (1959). A Précis of Mathematical Logic. Philosophical Studies 9:190-199.
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    Ernan Mcmullin (1982). The Role of 'Values' in Understanding Science. Hastings Center Report 12 (6):38-40.
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    Ernan McMullin (1983). Introduction. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 8 (1):3-4.
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    Ernan McMullin (1957). The World of Mathematics. Philosophical Studies 7:221-223.
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  48. Ernan McMullin (2008). The Virtues of a Good Theory. In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge
     
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    Ernan McMullin (1960). The Analytic Approach to Philosophy. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 34:50-79.
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    Ernan McMullin (1970). Geymonat on Galileo. Modern Schoolman 47 (2):195-209.
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