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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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  2. Why Interpret Quantum Mechanics.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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    Why Interpret Quantum Physics?Edward MacKinnon - 2016 - Open Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):86-102.
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  4. 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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    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    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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    The New Reductionism.Edward Mackinnon - 2008 - Philosophical Forum 39 (4):439-461.
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    Bohr and the Realism Debates.Edward MacKinnon - 1994 - In Jan Faye & Henry J. Folse (eds.), Niels Bohr and Contemporary Philosophy. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 279--302.
    This article clarifies Bohr's position by focusing on the work he did in nuclear physics and scattering theory.
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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.
  13. Scientific Explanation and Atomic Physics.Edward M. Mackinnon - 1984 - Erkenntnis 21 (1):89-100.
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    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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    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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    Aristotelianism and Modern Physics.Edward Mackinnon - 1964 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 38:102-109.
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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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    Aspects of Scientific Explanation.Edward MacKinnon - 1967 - New Scholasticism 41 (2):283-283.
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    Dimensions of Mind.Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Modern Schoolman 39 (1):68-70.
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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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    Book Review:From C-Numbers to Q-Numbers: The Classical History of Quantum Theory Olivier Darrigol. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1995 - Philosophy of Science 62 (2):348-350.
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    Motion, Mechanics, and Theology.Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 36 (3):344-370.
  23. 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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    Philosophy of Science.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 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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    Book Review:The Logical Analysis of Quantum Mechanics Erhard Scheibe, J. B. Sykes. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (1):96-100.
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    Atomic Physics and Reality.Edward MacKinnon - 1960 - Modern Schoolman 38 (1):37-59.
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    Thomism and Atomism.Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Modern Schoolman 38 (2):121-141.
    This is an attempt, which I subsequently abandoned, to relate Thomistic metaphysics to modern physics.
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    Book Review:The Philosophy of Niels Bohr: The Framework of Complementarity Henry J. Folse. [REVIEW]Edward MacKinnon - 1986 - Philosophy of Science 53 (3):458-.
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    A Reinterpretation of Natural Law Ethics.Albert Jonsen & Edward MacKinnon - 1970 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 44:161-171.
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    Language, Speech, and Speech-Acts.Edward MacKinnon - 1973 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 34 (2):224-238.
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    Theoretical Entities and Metatheories.Edward MacKinnon - 1972 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 3 (2):105-117.
    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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    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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    The Philosophy of Niels Bohr: The Framework of Complementarity. Henry J. Folse.Edward MacKinnon - 1986 - Philosophy of Science 53 (3):458-459.
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    Analysis and the Philosophy of Science.Edward M. MacKinnon - 1967 - International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (2):213-250.
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    Personal Knowledge.Edward MacKinnon - 1959 - Modern Schoolman 36 (4):294-296.
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    Alfred F. MacKay and Daniel D. Merrill "Issues in the Philosophy of Language: Proceedings of the 1972 Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy". [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1977 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 37 (4):583.
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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 Philosophy of Physics.Edward MacKinnon - 1962 - Modern Schoolman 39 (3):283-285.
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    Time and Contemporary Physics.Edward MacKinnon - 1962 - International Philosophical Quarterly 2 (3):428-457.
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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: A Journal of the History of Science 77:116-117.
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    Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science by Mary S. Morgan; Margaret Morrison. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 2001 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 92:642-643.
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    Book Reviews and Critical Studies. [REVIEW]John Kekes, Joseph Agassi, Edward Mackinnon, Gerhard D. Wassermann & Warren Hagar - 1981 - Philosophia 10 (1-2):43-139.
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    Analysis and The Philosophy of Science.Edward MacKinnon - 1967 - International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (1):184-186.
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    The Role of Conceptual and Linguistic Frameworks.Edward MacKinnon - 1969 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43:24-43.
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    The New Materialism.Edward M. Mackinnon - 1967 - Heythrop Journal 8 (1):5-26.
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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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    Pauli’s Exclusion Principle: The Origin and Validation of a Scientific Principle. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 2006 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 97:773-774.
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    Mecanique Quantique: Une Introduction Philosophique by Michel Bitbol. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1998 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 89:360-361.
    This is an evaluative review of Bitbol's book.
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    Physical Sciences and History of Physics by R. S. Cohen; M. W. Wartofsky. [REVIEW]Edward Mackinnon - 1986 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 77:110-111.
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