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  1. James W. McAllister (2014). Editor's Report, 2012. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 27 (3):233-234.
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  2. James W. McAllister (2014). Methodological Dilemmas and Emotion in Science. Synthese 191 (13):3143-3158.
    Inconsistencies in science take several forms. Some occur at the level of substantive claims about the world. Others occur at the level of methodology, and take the form of dilemmas, or cases of conflicting epistemic or cognitive values. In this article, I discuss how methodological dilemmas arise. I then consider how scientists resolve them. There are strong grounds for thinking that emotional judgement plays an important role in resolving methodological dilemmas. Lastly, I discuss whether and under what conditions this reliance (...)
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  3. James W. McAllister (2012). Climate Science Controversies and the Demand for Access to Empirical Data. Philosophy of Science 79 (5):871-880.
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  4. James W. McAllister (2012). Editor's Report, 2011. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (3):237-239.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 26, Issue 3, Page 237-239, September 2012.
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  5. James W. McAllister (2011). Editor's Report, 2009. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24 (3):237-239.
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  6. James W. McAllister (2011). Editor's Report, 2010. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (3):203 - 204.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, Page 203-204, September 2011.
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  7. James W. McAllister (2011). What Do Patterns in Empirical Data Tell Us About the Structure of the World? Synthese 182 (1):73-87.
    This article discusses the relation between features of empirical data and structures in the world. I defend the following claims. Any empirical data set exhibits all possible patterns, each with a certain noise term. The magnitude and other properties of this noise term are irrelevant to the evidential status of a pattern: all patterns exhibited in empirical data constitute evidence of structures in the world. Furthermore, distinct patterns constitute evidence of distinct structures in the world. It follows that the world (...)
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  8. James W. McAllister (2010). The Ontology of Patterns in Empirical Data. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):804-814.
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  9. James W. McAllister, Lars Bergström, James Robert Brown, Martin Carrier, Nancy Cartwright, Jiwei Ci, David Davies, Catherine Elgin, Márta Fehér & Michel Ghins (2010). First Page Preview. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24 (4).
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  10. James W. McAllister (2009). Editor's Report, 2008. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23 (2):119-121.
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  11. James McAllister (2008). Editor's Report, 2007. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (2):115-117.
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  12. James W. McAllister (2008). Contours of a European Philosophy of Science. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22 (1):1 – 3.
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  13. James W. McAllister (2007). Editor's Report, 2006. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21 (2):119 – 122.
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  14. James W. McAllister (2007). Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 17 (1):125-128.
  15. James W. McAllister (2007). Model Selection and the Multiplicity of Patterns in Empirical Data. Philosophy of Science 74 (5):884-894.
    Several quantitative techniques for choosing among data models are available. Among these are techniques based on algorithmic information theory, minimum description length theory, and the Akaike information criterion. All these techniques are designed to identify a single model of a data set as being the closest to the truth. I argue, using examples, that many data sets in science show multiple patterns, providing evidence for multiple phenomena. For any such data set, there is more than one data model that must (...)
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  16. James W. McAllister, Leonard Angel, Jonathan Bain, Craig Callender, Tian Yu Cao, Lisa Dolling, Gerald D. Doppelt, Antony Eagle, Henry Folse & Mélanie Frappier (2006). Editor's Report, 2005. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 20 (2).
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  17. D. J. Kornet & James W. McAllister (2005). The Composite Species Concept: A Rigorous Basis for Cladistic Practice. In. In Thomas Reydon & Lia Hemerik (eds.), Current Themes in Theoretical Biology. Springer. 95--127.
  18. James W. McAllister (2004). Absence of Contingency in the Newtonian Universe. Foundations of Science 9 (2):191-210.
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  19. James W. McAllister (2004). Thought Experiments and the Belief in Phenomena. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1164-1175.
    Thought experiment acquires evidential significance only on particular metaphysical assumptions. These include the thesis that science aims at uncovering "phenomena"universal and stable modes in which the world is articulatedand the thesis that phenomena are revealed imperfectly in actual occurrences. Only on these Platonically inspired assumptions does it make sense to bypass experience of actual occurrences and perform thought experiments. These assumptions are taken to hold in classical physics and other disciplines, but not in sciences that emphasize variety and contingency, such (...)
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  20. James W. McAllister (2003). Effective Complexity as a Measure of Information Content. Philosophy of Science 70 (2):302-307.
    Murray Gell-Mann has proposed the concept of effective complexity as a measure of information content. The effective complexity of a string of digits is defined as the algorithmic complexity of the regular component of the string. This paper argues that the effective complexity of a given string is not uniquely determined. The effective complexity of a string admitting a physical interpretation, such as an empirical data set, depends on the cognitive and practical interests of investigators. The effective complexity of a (...)
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  21. James W. McAllister (2003). Experimenten en de plaatsen van kennis. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 95:211.
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  22. James W. Mcallister (2003). Editor's Report, 2002. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17 (2).
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  23. Paul Thagard, Kim Sterelny, Richard Richards, Denis M. Walsh, James W. McAllister, Marcel Boumans, Meir Hemmo, Orly Shenker & Matthew W. Parker (2003). 10. Response to Vollmer's Review of Minds and Molecules Response to Vollmer's Review of Minds and Molecules (Pp. 391-398). [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 70 (2).
     
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  24. James W. McAllister (2002). Recent Work on Aesthetics of Science. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (1):7 – 11.
    This introduction to the special issue on "Aesthetics of Science" reviews recent philosophical research on aesthetic aspects of science. Topics represented in this research include the aesthetic properties of scientific images, theories, and experiments; the relation of science and art; the role of aesthetic criteria in scientific practice and their effect on the development of science; aesthetic aspects of mathematics; the contrast between a classic and a Romantic aesthetic; and the relation between emotion, cognition, and rationality.
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  25. James W. McAllister (2001). New Editorial Team and Policy Statement. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15 (3):229 – 230.
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  26. James W. Mcallister (1999). Universal Regularities and Initial Conditions in Newtonian Physics. Synthese 120 (3):325-343.
    The Newtonian universe is usually understood to contain two classes of causal factors: universal regularitiesand initial conditions. I demonstrate that,in fact, the Newtonian universe contains no causal factors other thanuniversal regularities: the initial conditions ofany physical system are merely theconsequence of universal regularities acting on previoussystems. It follows that aNewtonian universe lacks the degree of contingency that is usually attributed to it. This is a necessary precondition for maintaining that the Newtonian universe is a block universe that exhibits no temporal (...)
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  27. James W. McAllister (1999). Waarheid en schoonheid in de wetenschap. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 91 (3):153-167.
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  28. James W. McAllister (1997). Laws of Nature, Natural History, and the Description of the World. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11 (3):245 – 258.
    The modern sciences are divided into two groups: law-formulating and natural historical sciences. Sciences of both groups aim at describing the world, but they do so differently. Whereas the natural historical sciences produce “transcriptions” intended to be literally true of actual occurrences, laws of nature are expressive symbols of aspects of the world. The relationship between laws and the world thus resembles that between the symbols of classical iconography and the objects for which they stand. The natural historical approach was (...)
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  29. James W. McAllister (1997). Phenomena and Patterns in Data Sets. Erkenntnis 47 (2):217-228.
    Bogen and Woodward claim that the function of scientific theories is to account for 'phenomena', which they describe both as investigator-independent constituents of the world and as corresponding to patterns in data sets. I argue that, if phenomena are considered to correspond to patterns in data, it is inadmissible to regard them as investigator-independent entities. Bogen and Woodward's account of phenomena is thus incoherent. I offer an alternative account, according to which phenomena are investigator-relative entities. All the infinitely many patterns (...)
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  30. James W. McAllister (1997). Philosophy of Science in the Netherlands. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11 (2):191 – 204.
    Conditions for philosophy of science in the Netherlands are not optimal. The climate of opinion in Dutch philosophy is unsympathetic to the sciences, partly because of the influence of theology. Dutch universities offer no taught graduate programmes in philosophy of science, which would provide an entry route for science graduates. A great deal of Dutch research in philosophy of science is affected by an exegetical attitude, which fosters the interpretation and evaluation of other writers rather than the development of original (...)
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  31. ed van Eck, Caroline, ed McAllister, James & Renée deed Valvanl (1997). Book Review: The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Literature 21 (1).
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  32. James W. McAllister (1996). Beauty & Revolution in Science. Cornell University Press.
  33. James W. McAllister (1996). Scientists' Aesthetic Preferences Among Theories: Conservative Factors in Revolutionary Crises. In. In Alfred I. Tauber (ed.), The Elusive Synthesis: Aesthetics and Science. Kluwer. 169--187.
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  34. Caroline van Eck, James McAllister & Renée van de Vall (eds.) (1995). The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge University Press.
    The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed a change in the perception of the arts and of philosophy. In the arts this transition occurred around 1800, with, for instance, the breakdown of Vitruvianism in architecture, while in philosophy the foundationalism of which Descartes and Spinoza were paradigmatic representatives, which presumed that philosophy and the sciences possessed a method of ensuring the demonstration of truths, was undermined by the idea, asserted by Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, that there exist alternative styles of enquiry among (...)
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  35. James W. Mcallister (1993). Book Review. [REVIEW] Mind 102 (408):686-689.
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  36. James W. McAllister (1993). Scientific Realism and the Criteria for Theory-Choice. Erkenntnis 38 (2):203 - 222.
    The central terms of certain theories which were valued highly in the past, such as the phlogiston theory, are now believed by realists not to refer. Laudan and others have claimed that, in the light of the existence of such theories, scientific realism is untenable. This paper argues in response that realism is consistent with — and indeed is able to explain — such theories' having been highly valued and yet not being close to the truth. It follows that the (...)
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  37. James W. McAllister (1992). Competition Among Scientific Disciplines in Cold Nuclear Fusion Research. Science in Context 5 (1).
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  38. James W. McAllister (1991). Scientists' Aesthetic Judgements. British Journal of Aesthetics 31 (4):332-341.
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  39. James W. McAllister (1991). The Simplicity of Theories: Its Degree and Form. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science 22 (1):1-14.
    Almost all commentators acknowledge that among the grounds on which scientists perform theory-choices are criteria of simplicity. In general, simplicity is regarded either as only a logico-empirical quality of a theory, diagnostic of the theory's future predictive success, or as a purely aesthetic or otherwise extra-empirical property of it. This paper attempts to demonstrate that the simplicity-criteria applied in scientific practice include both a logico-empirical and a quasi-aesthetic criterion: to conflate these in an account of scientists' theory-choice is to court (...)
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  40. James W. Mcallister (1989). Truth and Beauty in Scientific Reason. Synthese 78 (1):25 - 51.
    A rationalist and realist model of scientific revolutions will be constructed by reference to two categories of criteria of theory-evaluation, denominated indicators of truth and of beauty. Whereas indicators of truth are formulateda priori and thus unite science in the pursuit of verisimilitude, aesthetic criteria are inductive constructs which lag behind the progression of theories in truthlikeness. Revolutions occur when the evaluative divergence between the two categories of criteria proves too wide to be recomposed or overlooked. This model of revolutions (...)
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  41. James W. McAllister (1988). The Explanative Recourse to Realism. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 3 (1):2 – 18.
    (1988). The explanative recourse to realism. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 2-18. doi: 10.1080/02698598808573321.
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  42. James W. McAllister (1986). Theory-Assessment in the Historiography of Science. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 37 (3):315-333.
    This paper argues that evaluation of the truth and rationality of past scientific theories is both possible and profitable. The motivation for this enterprise is traced to recent discussions by I. Lakatos, L. Laudan and others on the import of history for the philosophy of science; several objections to it are considered and T. S. Kuhn is found to advance the most substantive. An argument for establishing judgements of rationality and truth in the face of scientific revolutions is presented; finally (...)
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