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  1. Ernan McMullin & Leon Pompa (forthcoming). Vico's Theory of Science. Social Research.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.
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  8. Ernan McMullin (2010). Creation Ex Nihilo: Early History. In David B. Burrell, Carlo Cogliati, Janet M. Soskice & William R. Stoeger (eds.), Creation and the God of Abraham. Cambridge University Press. 11--23.
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  9. Ernan McMullin (2010). From Matter to Materialism ... And (Almost) Back. In P. C. W. Davies & Niels Henrik Gregersen (eds.), Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics. Cambridge University Press.
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  10. Ernan McMullin (2009). The Origin of Terrestrial Life : A Christian Perspective. In Constance M. Bertka (ed.), Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.
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  11. 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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  12. Ernan McMullin (2007). Discemindo Caminhos em Filosofia da Ciência: O Contribute de Meio Século de Estudos (1950-2000). Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 63 (1/3):67 - 91.
    O presente artigo começa por reconhecer que a crítica ao cerne dos pressupostos do Positivismo Lógico acerca da natureza da Ciência começou alguns anos antes do aparecimento da obra de Thomas Kuhn A Estrutura das Revoluções Científicas, obra esta que se haveria de constituir como charneira na Filosofia da Ciência mais recente. Em vez de olhar para a Ciência como uma estrutura proposicional intemporal, Kuhn defende que ela deve ser tratada como um empreendimento essencialmente histórico, no qual a subjectividade humana (...)
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  13. Ernan McMullin (2007). Taking an Empirical Stance. In Bradley John Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen. Oxford University Press.
     
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  14. 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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  15. Ernan McMullin (2005). Review of Andrew Janiak (Ed.), Isaac Newton: Philosophical Writings. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (6).
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  16. Ernan McMullin (2004). John James FitzGeralds, 1912-2003. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 77 (5):165 - 166.
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  17. Ernan McMullin (2003). James T. Cushing, 1937-2002. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 76 (5):159 - 161.
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Ernan McMullin (1999). From Augustine to Galileo. Modern Schoolman 76 (2-3):169-194.
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  21. Ernan McMullin (1999). Imagination, Insight, and Inference. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 73:251-263.
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  22. Ernan Mcmullin (1999). Materialist Categories. Science and Education 8 (1):37-44.
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  23. Ernan Mcmullin (1999). Wartości w nauce. Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce 24.
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  24. Ernan McMullin (1997). Review. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (4):606-609.
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  25. Ernan McMullin (1996). Enlarging Imagination. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 58 (2):227 - 260.
    The notion of imagination as a specific human capacity first took shape in the works of Plato and Aristotle, and was further developed by Latin writers like Cicero and Christian theologians like Augustine. It came to be associated in a special way with the activity of poets and was celebrated as such in Dante's Divine Comedy. By the 17th century Francis Bacon could contrast science as the work of reason with poetry, the work of imagination. Yet in that same century, (...)
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  26. 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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  27. Ernan Mcmullin (1994). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Mind 103 (410):219-222.
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  28. Ernan McMullin (1994). Scientific Classics and Their Fates. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:266 - 274.
    If classics of science were to be defined as works that mark scientific revolutions, in the sense of sharp shifts in research tradition, then none of the three works discussed in our symposium quite qualifies. I briefly indicate the fate of each. While impressed by his argument, I express some reservations about Lennox's claim to have dissolved the "problem of demonstration" for Aristotle's De Partibus Animalium. I question Finocchiaro's challenging assertion that in structuring the Dialogo as he did, Galileo "operated (...)
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  29. L. F. S. & Ernan McMullin (1994). The Social Dimensions of Science. Philosophical Quarterly 44 (174):135.
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Ernan McMullin (1992). Tractatio de Praecognitionibus Et Praecognitis and Tractatio de Demonstratione, And: The Galileo Affair: A Documentary History (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (4):608-612.
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  33. 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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  34. Ernan McMullin (1991). Plantinga’s Defense of Special Creation. Christian Scholar's Review 21 (1):55-70.
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  35. Ernan McMullin (1991). Rhetoric and Theory of Choice in Science. In Marcello Pera & William R. Shea (eds.), Persuading Science: The Art of Scientific Rhetoric. Science History Publications, Usa. 55--76.
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  36. 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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  37. Ernan McMullin (1990). The Development of Philosophy of Science 1600–1900. In R. C. Olby, G. N. Cantor, J. R. R. Christie & M. J. S. Hodge (eds.), Companion to the History of Modern Science. Routledge. 816--837.
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  38. James T. Cushing & Ernan McMullin (eds.) (1989). Philoophical Consequences of Quantum Theory. University of Notre Dame Press.
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  39. Ernan McMullin (1989). Having Fun with ETI. Biology and Philosophy 4 (1):97-105.
  40. Ernan McMullin (1988). Natural Science and Belief in a Creator: Historical Notes. In Robert J. Russell, William R. Stoeger & George V. Coyne (eds.), Physics, Philosophy, and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding. University of Notre Dame Press [Distributor]. 49--79.
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  41. Ernan McMullin (1988). Religious Explanations. Faith and Philosophy 5 (3):299-309.
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  42. Ernan Mcmullin (1988). The Goals of Natural Science in Scientific Knowledge Socialized. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science 108:27-58.
     
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  43. Ernan McMullin (1985). Galilean Idealization. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (3):247-273.
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  44. Ernan McMullin (1985). Truth and Explanatory Success. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 59:206-231.
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  45. Ernan Mcmullin (1984). Two Ideals of Explanation in Natural Science1. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):205-220.
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  46. Ernan McMullin (1984). A Case for Scientific Realism. In J. Leplin (ed.), Scientific Realism. University of California. 8--40.
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  47. Ernan McMullin (1984). On the Threshold of Exact Science: Selected Writings of Anneliese Maier on Late Medieval Natural Philosophy. Journal of the History of Philosophy 22 (3):368-371.
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  48. Ernan McMullin (1984). The Goals of Natural Science. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 58 (1):37 - 64.
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  49. Ernan McMullin (1983). Book Review:Prelude to Galileo William A. Wallace. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 50 (1):171-.
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  50. Ernan McMullin (1983). Diagnosis by Computer. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 8 (1):5-28.
    The most ambitious simulation approach to computer-aided diagnosis is probably that of CADUCEUS. A review of its strategies may be expected to reveal some, at least, of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach, as well as to turn up problems of interest to the philosopher of science concerned with the logical structures implicit in the process of diagnostic judgment. CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
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