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  1. A Commentary on Mark Holmes' The Reformation of Canada's Schools David MacKinnon, School of Education, Acadia University.David MacKinnon - 2000 - Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 13:55.
     
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  2. The Problem of Scientific Realism.Edward A. MacKinnon - 1972 - New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
    Aristotele. Science as a systematic explanation through causes.--Newton, I. Rules and reflections on scientific reasoning.--Carnap, R. Empiricism, semantics, and ontology.--Hempel, C. On the logic of explanation.--Nagel, E. The realist view of theories.--Quine, W. V. On the role of logic in explanation.--Harris, E. E. Method and explanation in metaphysics.--Einstein, A. Remarks on Bertrand Russell's theory of knowledge.--Sellars, W. The language of theories.--MacKinnon, E. Atomic physics and reality.--Bunge, M. Physics and reality.--Heelan, P. A. Quantum mechanics and objectivity.--Bibliographical essay (p. 285-301).
     
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    The Standard Model as a Philosophical Challenge.Edward MacKinnon - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (4):447-457.
    There are two opposing traditions in contemporary quantum field theory (QFT). Mainstream Lagrangian QFT led to and supports the standard model of particle interactions. Algebraic QFT seeks to provide a rigorous consistent mathematical foundation for field theory, but cannot accommodate the local gauge interactions of the standard model. Interested philosophers face a choice. They can accept algebraic QFT on the grounds of mathematical consistency and general accord with the semantic conception of theory interpretation. This suggests a rejection of particle ontology. (...)
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  4. Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes: "A Critical Review".Edward Mackinnon - 1969 - Philosophical Forum 1 (4):509.
    This is a long critical evaluation of W. Sellars's book.
     
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    The Role of a Posteriori Mathematics in Physics.Edward MacKinnon - 2018 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 62:166-175.
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    A Reinterpretation of Harre's Copernican Revolution.Edward MacKinnon - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (1):67-79.
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    Bruce R. Wheaton, The Tiger and the Shark: Empirical Roots of Wave-Particle Dualism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983. Pp. Xxiv + 355. ISBN 0-521-25098-6. £22.50, $39.50. With a Foreword by Thomas S. Kuhn. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1985 - British Journal for the History of Science 18 (3):347-348.
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    The Philosophy of Science: A Systematic Account. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1967 - International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (1):184-186.
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    Images of Science: Essays on Realism and Empiricism by Paul M. Churchland; Clifford A. Hooker; Bas C. Van Fraassen. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1986 - Isis 77:116-117.
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    Images of Science: Essays on Realism and EmpiricismPaul M. Churchland Clifford A. Hooker Bas C. Van Fraassen.Edward MacKinnon - 1986 - Isis 77 (1):116-117.
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    Pauli’s Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 2006 - Isis 97:773-774.
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    Michela Massimi. Pauli’s Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle. Xiv + 211 Pp., Figs., Tables, Bibl., Index. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. $75. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 2006 - Isis 97 (4):773-774.
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    Atoms, Metaphors, and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics by Sandro Petruccioli. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1995 - Isis 86:515-515.
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    Atoms, Metaphors, and Paradoxes: Niels Bohr and the Construction of a New Physics. Sandro Petruccioli.Edward MacKinnon - 1995 - Isis 86 (3):515-515.
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    Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1959 - Modern Schoolman 36 (4):294-296.
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  16. Dimensions of Mind: A Symposium. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Modern Schoolman 39 (1):68-70.
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    Research Ethics: Participants’ Perceptions of Motivation, Randomisation and Withdrawal in a Randomised Controlled Trial of Interventions for Prevention of Depression.J. B. Grant, A. J. Mackinnon, H. Christensen & J. Walker - 2009 - Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (12):768-733.
    Aims and background: Little is known about how participants perceive prevention trials, particularly trials designed to prevent mental illness. This study examined participants’ motives for participating in a trial and their views of randomisation and the ability to withdraw from a randomised controlled trial for prevention of depression. Methods: Participants were older adults reporting elevated depression symptoms living in urban and regional locations in Australia who had consented to participate in an RCT of interventions to prevent depression. Participants rated their (...)
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  18. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State.Catharine A. Mackinnon - 1991 - Law and Philosophy 10 (4):447-452.
     
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  19. Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights.Catharine A. MacKinnon - 2004 - In Cass R. Sunstein & Martha Craven Nussbaum (eds.), Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions. Oxford University Press. pp. 263--76.
     
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    Theoretical Entities and Metatheories.Edward Mackinnon - 1972 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 3 (2):105.
    This paper argues that existence claims for theoretical entities must be based on more than their role in one theory. The supplementary evidence should be either observation, whether direct or indirect, or the possibility of detaching the existence claim from one particular theory. A logical schematism for the latter type of support is developed.
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    Rhetoric and the LawFeminism as CritiqueThe Politics of Law: A Progressive CritiqueInterpreting Law and LiteratureFeminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and LawLaw and Literature: A Misunderstood RelationThe Critical Legal Studies MovementHeracles' Bow: Essays on the Rhetoric and Poetics of the Law.Victoria Kahn, Seyla Benhabib, Drucilla Cornell, David Kairys, Sanford Levinson, Steven Mailloux, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Richard A. Posner, Roberto Mangabeira Unger & James Boyd White - 1989 - Diacritics 19 (2):21.
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    Educational Silos in Nursing Education: A Critical Review of Practical Nurse Education in Canada.Diane L. Butcher & Karen A. MacKinnon - 2015 - Nursing Inquiry 22 (3):231-239.
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    "Natural Philosophy Through the Eighteenth Century and Allied Topics," Ed. Allan Ferguson; and "The Problem of Scientific Realism," by Edward A. Mackinnon.Edward A. Maziarz - 1975 - Modern Schoolman 53 (1):86-87.
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  24. Why Interpret Quantum Physics?Edward MacKinnon - 2016 - Open Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):86-102.
    This article probes the question of what interpretations of quantum mechanics actually accomplish. In other domains, which are briefly considered, interpretations serve to make alien systematizations intelligible to us. This often involves clarifying the status of their implicit ontology. A survey of interpretations of non-relativistic quantum mechanics supports the evaluation that these interpretations make a contribution to philosophy, but not to physics. Interpretations of quantum field theory are polarized by the divergence between the Lagrangian field theory that led to the (...)
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    The Development of Kant's Conception of Scientific Explanation.Edward MacKinnon - 1978 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1978:18 - 30.
    In the course of his long development, Kant's concept of matter changed somewhat, while his concept of scientific explanation changed considerably. Both developments achieved a coherent integration in Kant's Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. Using this developmental background, the present paper argues that the Foundations should be interpreted as an attempted rational reconstruction of the mechanics of Newton and Euler. Kant attempted to do this by constructing a concept of matter that would confer a Leibnizian intelligibility on Newtonian mechanics, and (...)
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    Interpreting Physics: Language and the Classical/Quantim Divide.Edward MacKinnon - 2011 - Springer.
    This book is the first to offer a systematic account of the role of language in the development and interpretation of physics. An historical-conceptual analysis of the co-evolution of physics and mathematics leads to the classical/quantum interface. Bohr's interpretation is analyzed and extended to the interpretation of the standard model of particle physics.
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    Schwinger and the Ontology of Quantum Field Theory.Edward MacKinnon - 2007 - Foundations of Science 12 (4):295-323.
    An epistemological interpretation of quantum mechanics hinges on the claim that the distinctive features of quantum mechanics can be derived from some distinctive features of an observational basis. Old and new variations of this theme are listed. The program has a limited success in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. The crucial issue is how far it can be extended to quantum field theory without introducing significant ontological postulates. A C*-formulation covers algebraic quantum field theory, but not the standard model. Julian Schwinger’s anabatic (...)
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  28. Scientific Realism: The New Debates.Edward MacKinnon - 1979 - Philosophy of Science 46 (4):501-532.
    In place of earlier instrumentalist and phenomenalist interpretations of science both Quine and Sellars have developed highly influential realist positions centering around the doctrine that accepting a theory as explanatory and irreducible rationally entails accepting the entities posited by the theory. A growing reaction against this realism is partially based on perceived inadequacies in the doctrines of Quine and Sellars, but even more on reconstructions of scientific explanations which do not involve such ontic commitments. Three types of anti-realistic positions are (...)
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  29. The Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.Edward MacKinnon - unknown
    The consistent histories reformulation of quantum mechanics was developed by Robert Griffiths, given a formal logical systematization by Roland Omn\`{e}s, and under the label `decoherent histories', was independently developed by Murray Gell-Mann and James Hartle and extended to quantum cosmology. Criticisms of CH involve issues of meaning, truth, objectivity, and coherence, a mixture of philosophy and physics. We will briefly consider the original formulation of CH and some basic objections. The reply to these objections, like the objections themselves, involves a (...)
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  30. The Truth of Scientific Claims.Edward Mackinnon - 1982 - Philosophy of Science 49 (3):437-462.
    The idea that science aspires to and routinely achieves truths about the world has been challenged in recent writings. Rather than beginning with a theory of scientific development, or of scientific explanation, we begin with a consideration of truth claims in ordinary discourse, particularly with Davidson's truth-functional semantics. Next we consider the way in which some framework features of ordinary language discourse are extended to and modified in scientific discourse. Two areas are treated in more detail: quantum theory, and the (...)
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    Niels Bohr on the Unity of Science.Edward MacKinnon - 1980 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:224-244.
    Niels Bohr began his career with an attempt to give a correct descriptive account of the motion of electrons. When forced to abandon this interpretation, he adopted, but soon rejected, a hypothetical-deductive account. In his development of an interpretation for the new quantum theory Bohr began to concentrate on the way language functions to make descriptions possible. His later work on this problem and on the role of concepts in the foundations of science led him to anticipate some of the (...)
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  32. Generating Ontology: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory.Edward MacKinnon - manuscript
    Philosophical interpretations of theories generally presuppose that a theory can be presented as a consistent mathematical formulation that is interpreted through models. Algebraic quantum field theory (AQFT) can fit this interpretative model. However, standard Lagrangian quantum field theory (LQFT), as well as quantum electrodynamics and nuclear physics, resists recasting along such formal lines. The difference has a distinct bearing on ontological issues. AQFT does not treat particle interactions or the standard model. This paper develops a framework and methodology for interpreting (...)
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    Philosophy of Science: The Philosophy of Science Institute Lectures. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Modern Schoolman 38 (3):248-251.
    This is a review of a book comprising a series of lelctures.
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    The Language of Classical Physics.Edward MacKinnon - 2002 - Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 9:36-113.
    ABSTRACT. The objectivity of physics has been called into question by social theorists, Kuhnian relativists, and by anomalous aspects of quantum mechanics. Here we focus on one neglected background issue, the categorical structure of the language of classical physics. The first half is an historical overview of the formation of the language of classical physics, beginning with Aristotle's Categories and the novel idea of the quantity of a quality introduced by medieval Aristotelians. Descartes and Newton at-tempted to put the new (...)
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    Scientific Progress and Conceptual Consistency.Edward MacKinnon - 1984 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:137 - 145.
    One of the key interpretative problems generated by the development of quantum theory was the conceptual consistency underlying scientific change, a problem not adequately treated by any of the leading theories of scientific development. In different but related ways Quine, Sellars, and Davidson have treated the problem of conceptual consistency by showing how one can begin with ordinary language and proceed to specialized extensions. Their techniques have not been applied to modern physics. However, one basis for applying them arises from (...)
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    Personal Knowledge.Edward MacKinnon - 1959 - Modern Schoolman 36 (4):294-296.
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    The Nature of Physical Knowledge.Edward MacKinnon - 1962 - Modern Schoolman 39 (3):269-272.
    A review of a book bu L. W. Friedrich, S. J.
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    The Problem of Scientific Realism by Edward A. MacKinnon[REVIEW]Mary Hesse - 1974 - Isis 65:528-528.
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    Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, I.Edward MacKinnon - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):113 - 137.
    This is a critical survey of positions developed by I. Scheffler, S, Korner, and E. Harris.
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    Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, II.Edward MacKinnon - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (2):329 - 358.
    This article completes the study begun in I by a detailed consideration of errol harris's, "the foundations of metaphysics in science" and by an independent interpretation of the epistemological foundations of scientific theories. This is done in terms of two components labelled 'a physical language' and 'a mathematical language'. A physical language is conceived as a transformed extension of ordinary language which preserves its basic structural principles while modifying its descriptive metaphysics. The relation between such a physical language and a (...)
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    The Problem of Scientific Realism. Edward A. MacKinnon.Mary Hesse - 1974 - Isis 65 (4):528-528.
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    Eugene D. Mayers 1915-2007.Edward MacKinnon - 2007 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 81 (2):175 -.
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  43. Edward A. MacKinnon , "The Problem of Scientific Realism". [REVIEW]Richard J. Blackwell - 1973 - The Thomist 37 (2):407.
     
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  44. Does Marilyn Strathern Argue That the Concept of Nature Is a Social Construction?Terence Rajivan Edward - 2016 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 3 (4):437-442.
    It is tempting to interpret Marilyn Strathern as saying that the concept of nature is a social construction, because in her essay “No Nature, No Culture: the Hagen Case” she tells us that the Hagen people do not describe the world using this concept. However, I point out an obstacle to interpreting her in this way, an obstacle which leads me to reject this interpretation. Interpreting her in this way makes her inconsistent. The inconsistency is owing to a commitment that (...)
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  45. The Asymmetry Objection to Political Liberalism: Evaluation of a Defence.Terence Rajivan Edward - 2018 - E-Logos Electronic Journal for Philosophy 25 (1):26-32.
    This paper evaluates Jonathan Quong’s attempt to defend a version of political liberalism from the asymmetry objection. I object that Quong’s defence relies on a premise that has not been adequately supported and does not look as if it can be given adequate support.
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  46. A Solution to the Surprise Exam Paradox.Terence Rajivan Edward - 2017 - Filozofia 72 (4):325-327.
    The students’ argument against the possibility of a surprise exam assumes that the following would not occur: the teacher decides to give the exam on a certain day; the teacher believes that the exam would be a surprise on that day; but, actually, the exam would not be a surprise on that day. I give a reason to reject this assumption, and I point out that an attempt to reformulate the surprise exam paradox in order to allow for the assumption (...)
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  47. A Challenge to Social Constructivism About Science.Terence Rajivan Edward - 2013 - Ethos: Dialogues in Philosophy and Social Sciences 6 (2):150-156.
    This paper presents a challenge to the coherence of social constructivism about science. It introduces an objection according to which social constructivism appeals to the authority of science regarding the nature of reality and so cannot coherently deny that authority. The challenge is how to avoid this incoherence.
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  48. Has Nagel Uncovered a Form of Idealism?Terence Rajivan Edward - 2009 - Accepted for Sorites 22.
    In the sixth chapter of The View from Nowhere, Thomas Nagel attempts to identify a form of idealism. The position that he deems idealist is that what there is must be possibly conceivable by us. Nagel claims that this position is held by a number of contemporary philosophers. Even if this is so, I justify the view that it is not a form of idealism.
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  49. A Value-Based Solution to the Surprise Exam Paradox.Terence Rajivan Edward - 2018 - Philosophical Pathways (221):1-2.
    I identify an assumption that the students should not rely on: if the teacher believes that the exam would not be a surprise on a certain day, the teacher will not give the exam on that day. The reason I present for not making this assumption does not involve doubting the moral goodness of the teacher. But it does involve making a value judgment.
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    Ayer's Attack on Metaphysics: D. M. MacKinnon.D. M. MacKinnon - 1991 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 30:49-61.
    In an article contributed to Mind in 1934, the young A. J. Ayer declared war on metaphysics, claiming that his destruction of the metaphysicians' arguments rested on the establishment of the sheerly non-sensical character of their statements. Their errors were syntactical; the combination of symbols in the sentences with which they expressed their propositions violated fundamental principles of significance.
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