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  1. Robert Deltete & Reed Guy (1991). Einstein and EPR. Philosophy of Science 58 (3):377-397.
    Recent studies have shown that Einstein did not write the EPR paper and that he was disappointed with the outcome. He thought, rightly, that his own argument for the incompleteness of quantum theory was badly presented in the paper. We reconstruct the argument of EPR, indicate the reasons Einstein was dissatisfied with it, and discuss Einstein's own argument. We show that many commentators have been misled by the obscurity of EPR into proposing interpretations of its argument that do not accurately (...)
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  2. Robert J. Deltete (1998). Religion, Science and Naturalism. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 72 (3):459-465.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). Thermodynamics in Wilhelm Ostwald's Physical Chemistry. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):888-899.
  4. Richard T. McClelland & Robert J. Deltete (2000). Divine Causation. Faith and Philosophy 17 (1):3-25.
    Quentin Smith has argued that it is logically impossible for there to be a divine cause of the universe. His argument is based on a Humean analysis of causation (confined to event causation, specifically excluding any consideration of agency) and a principle drawn from that analysis that he takes to be a logical requirement for every possibly valid theory of causation. He also thinks that all divine volitions are efficacious of logical necessity. We argue that all of these claims are (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete (2012). Planck, Ostwald, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2 (1):121-146.
  6. Robert J. Deltete (2010). Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology. By Helge S. Kragh. Zygon 45 (1):281-282.
  7. Robert J. Deltete & Reed A. Guy (1996). Emerging From Imaginary Time. Synthese 108 (2):185 - 203.
    Recent models in quantum cosmology make use of the concept of imaginary time. These models all conjecture a join between regions of imaginary time and regions of real time. We examine the model of James Hartle and Stephen Hawking to argue that the various no-boundary attempts to interpret the transition from imaginary to real time in a logically consistent and physically significant way all fail. We believe this conclusion also applies to quantum tunneling models, such as that proposed by (...)
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  8. Robert J. Deltete (2008). Man of Science, Man of Faith: Pierre Duhem's "Physique de Croyant". Zygon 43 (3):627-637.
    The essay "Physique de croyant" is an important statement of Pierre Duhem's position on the relation between his science and his religion. Duhem trod a difficult path, some might say an impossible one, in Republican France because he was both a physicist and a devout Catholic. In this essay, using "Physique de croyant" as a touchstone, I explore the way in which he tried to reconcile his conflicting allegiances. There are several strands in Duhem's strategy that need to be teased (...)
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    Robert Deltete (1999). Helm and Boltzmann: Energetics at the Lübeck Naturforscherversammlung. Synthese 119 (1-2):45-68.
    The energetics controversy is understood variously as energy vs. atoms, thermodynamics vs. statistical mechanics, phenomenalism vs. realism, equations vs. pictures, and especially Ostwald vs. Boltzmann. It is generally thought that at Lübeck in 1895 Boltzmann and Planck demolished energetics, but while its momentum was slowed, energetics in one or more of the above senses still retained supporters as late as the great physics conference at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Indeed, after Ostwald himself abandoned it in 1908, Ernst (...)
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  10. Anastasios Brenner, Paul Needham, David Stump & Robert Deltete (2011). New Perspectives on Pierre Duhem's The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory. Metascience 20 (1):1-25.
    New perspectives on Pierre Duhem’s The aim and structure of physical theory Content Type Journal Article DOI 10.1007/s11016-010-9467-3 Authors Anastasios Brenner, Department of Philosophy, Paul Valéry University-Montpellier III, Route De Mende, 34199 Montpellier cedex 5, France Paul Needham, Department of Philosophy, University of Stockholm, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden David J. Stump, Department of Philosophy, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA Robert Deltete, Department of Philosophy, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090, USA Journal Metascience (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete & Reed A. Guy (1997). Hartle-Hawking Cosmology and Unconditional Probabilities. Analysis 57 (4):304–315.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2008). Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 3: Energetic Theory and Applications, Part II. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 10 (3):187-221.
    This is the third of a series of essays on the development and reception of Wilhelm Ostwald’s energetics. The first essay described the chemical origins of Ostwald’s interest in the energy concept and his motivations for seeking a comprehensive science of energy. The second essay and the present one discuss his various attempts, beginning in 1891 and extending over almost 3 years, to develop a consistent and coherent energetic theory. A final essay will consider reactions to this work and Ostwald’s (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete & Anastasios Brenner (2004). Pierre Duhem: Mixture and Chemical Combination and Related Essays. Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Paul Needham. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (3):203-232.
    The following is an essay review of Paul Needham's translation of Pierre Duhem's Lemixte et la combinaison chimique and a numberof other essays. In this review we describe theintent and general features of Le mixte and try to place it in the larger context of Duhem'sprogram for energetics. The long essay (Essay3) opposing Marcellin Berthelot'sthermochemistry is singled out for detailedcommentary, since it gives Duhem's reasons forendorsing Josiah Willard Gibbs's chemicalstatics. We argue that a chemical mechanics ofa Gibbsian sort, defended (...)
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    Reed Guy & Robert Deltete (1990). Fine, Einstein, and Ensembles. Foundations of Physics 20 (8):943-965.
    Einstein insisted that the only acceptable interpretation of the quantum theory was an ensemble interpretation, that this way of understanding the quantum formalism eliminated all the problems associated with interpreting the theory as a complete description of individual systems. But he never developed his ensemble interpretation in any detail or explained how it was supposed to resolve the difficulties with the individual interpretation. We offer a reconstruction of Einstein's position that is consonant with his other beliefs and examine the “prism” (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete (1993). Hawking on God and Creation. Zygon 28 (4):485-506.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2000). Is the Universe Self-Caused? Philosophy 75 (4):599-603.
    Quentin Smith has been arguing for more than a decade that the universe is uncaused. For nearly as long he has also argued that it appeared spontaneously from literally nothing. I have replied to these arguments in many places, including a recent essay in Philosophy. Now, apparently, Smith has changed his mind: in his most recent contribution to Philosophy, he argues not that the universe is uncaused, but that it is self-caused. His motives for so doing remain much the same, (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete (1995). Hawking on God and Physical Theory. Zygon 30 (4):635-642.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). The Evolution of God. By Robert Wright. Zygon 45 (2):530-531.
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    Robert J. Deltete (1993). The Elements of Moral Philosophy. Teaching Philosophy 16 (4):371-374.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2012). Ernan McMullin on Anthropic Reasoning in Cosmology. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (2):321-330.
    Fr. Ernan McMullin wrote at least five essays in which anthropic reasoning in cosmology was a prominent topic of discussion and evaluation. Unlike thewritings of many passionate advocates and hostile critics of the so-called “anthropic principle” , they are all nuanced essays—very much in keeping with Fr. Ernan’s usual approach to difficult and controversial subjects. Supporters of that approach will praise what he has to say as properly cautious and circumspect; others will likely find him often indecisive. In this essay, (...)
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    Richard T. McClelland & Robert J. Deltete (1999). Creation, Co-Operation, and Causality: A Reply to Gregersen. Zygon 34 (1):101-109.
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  22. Robert J. Deltete (1993). What Does the Anthropic Principle Explain. Perspectives on Science 1:285-305.
     
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    Robert J. Deltete (2013). Alan Vincelette , Recent Catholic Philosophy: The Twentieth Century . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (1):89-90.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). Paul K. Moser, Ed. Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (1):53-55.
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    Robert Deltete (2011). John F. Haught , God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (6):404-407.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2011). James Hannam , God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (6):420-423.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life. By John F. Haught. Zygon 45 (3):777-779.
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    Robert J. Deltete (1999). God, Creation, and Contemporary Physics. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 73 (2):358-362.
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    Robert Deltete (2011). Paul Feyerabend , The Tyranny of Science . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (4):271-273.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2009). The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born, the Nobel Scientist Who Ignited the Quantum Revolution. Annals of Science 66 (3):433-436.
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  31. Robert J. Deltete (2009). C. Stephen Layman, Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 28 (1):41-43.
     
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    Robert J. Deltete (2005). Deeper Than Darwin. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 79 (3):507-511.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). David L. Perry, Partly Cloudy: Ethics in War, Espionage, Covert Action, and Interrogation. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (4):293-295.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). Alan Sokal, Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (2):143-147.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2012). Alvin Plantinga , Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 32 (5):413-417.
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    Robert Deltete (2012). Einstein's Quest for Unity. Annals of Science 69 (2):283-288.
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    Robert Deltete (1998). Fritz Haber in Seiner Korrespondenz MIT Wilhelm Ostwald Sowie in Briefen an Svante Arrhenius by Regine Zott. [REVIEW] Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 89:562-563.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2004). Review of Brenner. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 71 (4):630-634.
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    Robert Deltete (2010). Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ed., Peter Singer Under Fire: The Moral Iconoclast Faces His Critics. Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (5):372-375.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2011). Cracking the Einstein Code: Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics. Annals of Science 68 (4):581-583.
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    Robert Deltete (2011). How Relativity Got Accepted and How Einstein Came to Be Regarded as its Author. Annals of Science 68 (2):261-265.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2012). Georg Helm's Chemical Energetics. Hyle 18 (1):23 - 44.
    This essay has three interrelated goals: first, to sketch the basic contours of Georg Helm's energetic theory; second, to describe his attempt in his Grundzüge der mathematischen Chemie. Energetik der chemischen Erscheinungen (1894) to apply that theory to the (then) burgeoning new field of physical chemistry. This is of some interest historically, since Helm's work is the most sophisticated attempt to develop the whole of physical chemistry mathematically from an energetic point of view. Nevertheless, it is seriously flawed technically. Moreover, (...)
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    Robert J. Deltete (1996). Book Review:Reading the Book of Nature Peter Kosso. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 63 (3):475-.
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  44. Robert J. Deltete (2005). Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss, Eds., Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 25 (5):330-333.
     
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  45. Robert J. Deltete (2006). Steve Fuller, Kuhn Vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 26 (3):178-180.
     
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    Robert J. Deltete (2010). Stephen R. L. Clark, Understanding Faith: Religious Belief and its Place in Society Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 30 (3):176-179.
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    Robert Deltete (2013). Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 7 (4):467-469.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2011). Charles Taliaferro and Chad Meister, Eds. , The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (1):74-77.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2011). Jan Narveson , This is Ethical Theory . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (2):130-134.
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    Robert J. Deltete (2009). Review of “Aims: A Brief Metaphysics for Today”. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 10 (1):12.
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