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    Randall Collins (1998). The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
    Through network diagrams and sustained narrative, sociologist Randall Collins traces the development of philosophical thought from ancient Greece to modern ...
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  2. Robin Collins (2003). Evidence for Fine-Tuning. In Neil A. Manson (ed.), God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science. Routledge 80--178.
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    Robin Collins (2009). The Teleological Argument: An Exploration of the Fine-Tuning of the Universe. In William Lane Craig & J. P. Moreland (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology. Blackwell Pub 202--281.
  4. Robin Collins (2005). The Many-Worlds Hypothesis as an Explanation of Cosmic Fine-Tuning. Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):654-666.
    The most common objection to fine tuning arguments for theism is that there are, or might be, multiple universes among which the fundamental physicalconstants and parameters vary. This essays describes the two main variants of this objection and argues that they both fail.
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  5. Randall Collins (1983). Upheavals in Biological Theory Undermine Sociobiology. Sociological Theory 1:306-318.
  6. Raymond F. Collins (forthcoming). Book Review: Paul, the Pastoral Epistles, and the Early Church. [REVIEW] Interpretation 63 (1):100-101.
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  7. M. Keith Booker, Robert A. Collins, Robert Latham, Hal W. Hall, Paul G. Haschak & George Locke (1995). Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide. Utopian Studies 6 (2):134-139.
     
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  8. Randall Collins (1986). The Passing of Intellectual Generations: Reflections on the Death of Erving Goffman. Sociological Theory 4 (1):106-113.
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    Randall Collins (2000). Situational Stratification: A Micro-Macro Theory of Inequality. Sociological Theory 18 (1):17-43.
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  10. Robin Collins (2009). God and the Laws of Nature. Philo 12 (2):142-171.
    This paper argues that theism and related axiarchic hypotheses provide the only promising solution to the problems of cosmic coincidence and induction raised by necessitarians against the regularity view of the laws of nature. Hence, it is argued, the fundamental order of the world provides significant support for theism and these related hypotheses.
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    R. Eugene Collins (2005). The Mathematical Basis for Physical Laws. Foundations of Physics 35 (5):743-785.
    Laws of mechanics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, gravitation and relativity are derived as “related mathematical identities” based solely on the existence of a joint probability distribution for the position and velocity of a particle moving on a Riemannian manifold. This probability formalism is necessary because continuous variables are not precisely observable. These demonstrations explain why these laws must have the forms previously discovered through experiment and empirical deduction. Indeed, the very existence of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields is predicted by these (...)
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  12. Robin Collins, Objections to Smith's Cosmological Argument (2008).
    In his opening case , Quentin Smith has presented an ingenious argument for the claim that the universe is self caused, and hence its existence is self explanatory. He then goes on to claim that the fact that the universe is self caused, and hence self explanatory, is inconsistent with theism. His main argument is based on the assumption that each temporal part of the universe has an explanation in terms of the temporal parts existing prior to it. The fundamental (...)
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  13. Randall Collins (1987). A Micro-Macro Theory of Intellectual Creativity: The Case of German Idealist Philosophy. Sociological Theory 5 (1):47-69.
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  14. Randall Collins (2003). A Network-Location Theory of Culture. Sociological Theory 21 (1):69-73.
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    R. Eugene Collins (1977). Quantum Theory: A Hilbert Space Formalism for Probability Theory. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 7 (7-8):475-494.
    It is shown that the Hilbert space formalism of quantum mechanics can be derived as a corrected form of probability theory. These constructions yield the Schrödinger equation for a particle in an electromagnetic field and exhibit a relationship of this equation to Markov processes. The operator formalism for expectation values is shown to be related to anL 2 representation of marginal distributions and a relationship of the commutation rules for canonically conjugate observables to a topological relationship of two manifolds is (...)
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    R. Eugene Collins (1996). Differentiable Probabilities: A New Viewpoint on Spin, Gauge Invariance, Gauge Fields, and Relativistic Quantum Mechanics. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 26 (11):1469-1527.
    A new approach to developing formulisms of physics based solely on laws of mathematics is presented. From simple, classical statistical definitions for the observed space-time position and proper velocity of a particle having a discrete spectrum of internal states we derive u generalized Schrödinger equation on the space-time manifold. This governs the evolution of an N component wave function with each component square integrable over this manifold and is structured like that for a charged particle in an electromagnetic field but (...)
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    Robin Collins (1994). Against the Epistemic Value of Prediction Over Accommodation. Noûs 28 (2):210-224.
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    Rebecca Collins (2005). Posthumous Reproduction and the Presumption Against Consent in Cases of Death Caused by Sudden Trauma. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (4):431 – 442.
    The deceased's prior consent to posthumous reproduction is a common requirement in many common law jurisdictions. This paper critically evaluates four arguments advanced to justify the presumption against consent. It is argued that, in situations where death is caused by sudden trauma, not only is there inadequate justification for the presumption against consent, but there are good reasons to reverse the presumption. The article concludes that the precondition of prior consent may be inappropriate in these situations.
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    Robin Collins (2006). Contributions From the Philosophy of Science. In Philip Clayton (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. OUP Oxford 328-344.
    Accession Number: ATLA0001712204; Hosting Book Page Citation: p 328-344.; Language(s): English; General Note: Bibliography: p 343-344.; Issued by ATLA: 20130825; Publication Type: Essay.
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  20. Randall Collins (1988). The Micro Contribution to Macro Sociology. Sociological Theory 6 (2):242-253.
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    Randall Collins (2002). On the Acrimoniousness of Intellectual Disputes. Common Knowledge 8 (1):47-70.
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    Russell Collins (1954). Philosophies Men Live By. New Scholasticism 28 (1):120-121.
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    Randall Collins (1984). Statistics Versus Words. Sociological Theory 2:329-362.
    Sociology is split into two antagonistic or mutually oblivious wings: quantitative and nonquantitative. Statistics does not occupy a privileged methodological position vis-a-vis qualitative, verbal sociology. Probability is a theory like any other, and each statistical method contains its particular theoretical bias. Such biases should be brought into the open and tested. Statistics may continue to be useful, though, as a substantive theory of change processes in the social world. A reorientation in our views of statistics may bring mathematical and antimathematical (...)
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    Randall Collins (2004). Rituals of Solidarity and Security in the Wake of Terrorist Attack. Sociological Theory 22 (1):53-87.
    Conflict produces group solidarity in four phases: (1) an initial few days of shock and idiosyncratic individual reactions to attack; (2) one to two weeks of establishing standardized displays of solidarity symbols; (3) two to three months of high solidarity plateau; and (4) gradual decline toward normalcy in six to nine months. Solidarity is not uniform but is clustered in local groups supporting each other's symbolic behavior. Actual solidarity behaviors are performed by minorities of the population, while vague verbal claims (...)
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    Robin Collins (2008). Modern Physics and the Energy-Conservation Objection to Mind-Body Dualism. American Philosophical Quarterly 45 (1):31 - 42.
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    Randall Collins (1990). Market Dynamics as the Engine of Historical Change. Sociological Theory 8 (2):111-135.
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  27. Robin Collins (2005). Fine-Tuning Arguments and the Problem of the Comparison Range. Philosophia Christi 7 (2):385 - 404.
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    Randall Collins (1974). Three Faces of Cruelty: Towards a Comparative Sociology of Violence. [REVIEW] Theory and Society 1 (4):415-440.
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    Randall Collins (1993). Heroizing and Deheroizing Weber. Theory and Society 22 (6):861-870.
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    Robin Collins (2002). Design and the Many-Worlds Hypothesis. In William Lane Craig (ed.), Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide. Rutgers University Press 130--148.
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    John R. Fanchi & R. Eugene Collins (1978). Quantum Mechanics of Relativistic Spinless Particles. Foundations of Physics 8 (11-12):851-877.
    A relativistic one-particle, quantum theory for spin-zero particles is constructed uponL 2(x, ct), resulting in a positive definite spacetime probability density. A generalized Schrödinger equation having a Hermitian HamiltonianH onL 2(x, ct) for an arbitrary four-vector potential is derived. In this formalism the rest mass is an observable and a scalar particle is described by a wave packet that is a superposition of mass states. The requirements of macroscopic causality are shown to be satisfied by the most probable trajectory of (...)
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  32. Ronald Kl Collins (2012). Comedy and Liberty: The Life and Legacy of Lenny Bruce. Social Research: An International Quarterly 79 (1):61-86.
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    Robin Collins (2005). How to Rigorously Define Fine-Tuning. Philosophia Christi 7:382-407.
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    Randall Collins (2014). Durkheim: Via Fournier, Via Lukes. Theory and Society 43 (6):667-673.
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    Roger Collins (2015). Magdalena Valor and Avelino Gutiérrez, Eds., The Archaeology of Medieval Spain, 1100–1500. Sheffield, UK, and Oakville, CT: Equinox, 2014. Pp. Xiv, 384; 145 Color Photos. $95. ISBN: 978-1-845-53173-7. [REVIEW] Speculum 90 (3):864-865.
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  36. Robin Collins (2003). God Matters: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion. Longman Publications.
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  37. Robin Collins (2008). The Case for Cosmic Design. In God or Blind Nature?: Philosopher’s Debate the Evidence (2007-2008). Internet Infidels (Online Publisher)
    This is a contribution to the first online book debating theism and naturalism. In this contribution, I present the case for theism from the fine-tuning of the universe, and the elegance and intelligibility/discoverability of the law of nature. Also included is Paul Draper’s response to my arguments, along with my replies. (The online book can be found at http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/debates/great-debate.html).
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    Randall Collins (1993). Maturation of the State-Centered Theory of Revolution and Ideology. Sociological Theory 11 (1):117-128.
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    Randall Collins (1988). For a Sociological Philosophy. Theory and Society 17 (5):669-702.
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    Randall Collins (1978). The Dialectic of Ideology and Technology. Theory and Society 5 (1):135-138.
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    Fred Block, Davis James Bohman, Yang Cao, Randall Collins, Diane Davis, Jay Demerath, Brian Donovan, Steven Epstein, Adrian Favell & David Gartman (2001). Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2000. Theory and Society 30 (1):155-156.
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    R. Collins (1998). Book Reviews : J. B. Thompson, The Media and Modernity. A Social Theory of the Media. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 1996. Pp. 336. Cloth, $49.50; Paper, $16.95. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (1):152-155.
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    Sven Andersson, Elazar Barkan, Kenneth Caneva, Randall Collins, Stephen Downes, Henry Etzkowitz, Steve Fuller, David Gorman, Frederick Grinnell, David Hollinger, Anne Holmquest & Charles Willard (1987). Responses to 'Pathologies of Science'. Social Epistemology 1 (3):249-281.
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    Randall Collins (2000). The Sociology of Philosophies: A Précis. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (2):157-201.
    cis is presented of Randall Collins's book, The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. It presents a sociological theory of intellectual networks that connect thinkers in chains of masters and pupils, colleagues and rivals, and of the internalized conversations that constitute the social processes of thinking. The theory is used to analyze long-term developments of the intellectual communities of philosophers in ancient Greece, ancient and medieval China and India, medieval and modern Japan, medieval Islam and Judaism, medieval (...)
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    Randall Collins (1985). Jeffrey Alexander and the Search for Multi-Dimensional Theory. Theory and Society 14 (6):877-892.
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    Janet R. Day, Martin L. Smith, Gerald Erenberg & Robert L. Collins (1994). An Assessment of a Formal Ethics Committee Consultation Process. HEC Forum 6 (1):18-30.
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  47. Randall Collins (1980). Early Goffman and the Analysis of Face-to-Face Interaction. In Jason Ditton (ed.), The View From Goffman. St. Martin's Press 52--79.
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  48. Randall Collins & Sal Restivo (2010). Robber Barons and Politicians in Mathematics: A Conflict Model of Science. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal 25.
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  49. Robin Collins (2008). The Teleological Argument. In Paul Copan & Chad V. Meister (eds.), Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues. Blackwell Pub.
    This is a condensed version of an in-process book on the fine-tuning argument for God’s existence. In this 48,000 word essay, I first develop a probabilistic framework for articulating the argument, and then use this framework to answer in detail many of the objections commonly raised against it. Along the way, I present some of the fine-tuning evidence itself and consider major objections against the evidence; further, there are two major sections dealing with the multiverse objection, particularly that based on (...)
     
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    Randall Collins & Mauro F. Guillén (2012). Mutual Halo Effects in Cultural Production: The Case of Modernist Architecture. Theory and Society 41 (6):527-556.
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