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    How to Confuse Organisms with Mousetraps: Machine Metaphors and Intelligent Design.Doren Recker - 2010 - Zygon 45 (3):647-664.
    Why do design arguments—particularly those emphasizing machine metaphors such as “Organisms and/or their parts are machines”—continue to be so convincing to so many people after they have been repeatedly refuted? In this essay I review various interpretations and refutations of design arguments and make a distinction between rationally refuting such arguments (RefutingR) and rendering them psychologically unconvincing (RefutingP). Expanding on this distinction, I provide support from recent work on the cognitive power of metaphors and developmental psychological work indicating a basic (...)
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    Causal Efficacy: The Structure of Darwin’s Argument Strategy in the Origin of Species.Doren A. Recker - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):147-175.
    There are several interpretations of the argument structure of Darwin's Origin of Species, representing Covering-Law, Inference-to-the-Best-Explanation, and (more recently) Semantic models. I argue that while all three types of interpretation enjoy some textual support, none succeeds in capturing the overall strategy of the Origin, consistent with Darwin's claim that it is 'one long argument'. I provide detailed criticisms of all three current models, and then offer an alternative interpretation based on the view that there are three main argument strategies in (...)
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    Faith, Belief, and the Compatibility of Religion and Science.Doren Recker - 2017 - Zygon 52 (1):212-231.
    Recent attacks on the compatibility of science and religion by the “militant modern atheists” have posed serious challenges for anyone who supports the human importance of religious faith. This article offers a critical analysis of their claims compared with those who do not equate faith with belief. I conclude that the militant modern atheist interpretation of faith undervalues transformative religious experiences, that more people of faith hold it for this reason than their opponents acknowledge, and that meaningful dialogue between religion (...)
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    Integrating Scientific Disciplines.Doren Recker - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (3):539-540.
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    There's More Than One Way to Recognize a Darwinian: Lyell's Darwinism.Doren Recker - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (3):459-478.
    There are a number of reasons for doubting the standard view that scientific theories (understood as sets of connected statements) are the best units for investigating scientific continuity and change (that is, research programs continue as long as groups of scientists accept the central tenets of such theories). Here it is argued that one weakness of this approach is that it cannot be used to demarcate adequately scientific communities or conceptual systems (that is, it fails as a classificatory scheme). Recent (...)
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    Mathematical Demonstration and Deduction in Descartes's Early Methodological and Scientific Writings.Doren A. Recker - 1993 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (2):223-244.
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    Machine Metaphors and Design Arguments.Doren Recker - 2004 - Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (1):211-220.
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    From Darwin to Hitler?: Evolutionary Ethics and Respect for Human Life.Doren Recker - 2008 - Southwest Philosophy Review 24 (1):29-41.
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    Scientific Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Demarcation Problem.Doren Recker - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (1):27-38.
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  10. Designer Genes? A Review-Essay Based on Philip Kitcher's Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature. The MIT Press: Cambridge, Ma. 1985. [REVIEW]Doren Recker - 1988 - Behaviorism 16 (1):69.
     
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  11. Scientific Virtues: An Introduction to Diachronic Realism.Doren A. Recker - 1983 - Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma
    While there are many versions of scientific realism, most share the intuition that the remarkable success of some scientific theories is best explained by interpreting their theoretical claims as 'true' or 'approximately true'. Due to a variety of recent anti-realist objections, this intuition must be amended so that realist positions can remain conceptually and historically adequate. This dissertation defends a version of scientific realism, which I call diachronic realism, and includes these amendments. ;Chapter I describes diachronic realism and shows why (...)
     
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    Integrating Scientific Disciplines. William Bechtel. [REVIEW]Doren Recker - 1990 - Philosophy of Science 57 (3):539-540.
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    Answering Pilate: Options for Interpreting Religious Truth.Doren Recker - 2022 - Sophia 61 (2):383-398.
    Pilate asked an important and pertinent question of Jesus regarding truth. A simple answer to his question would be ‘a statement is true only if it says what is the case.’ What that means, however, is another matter. By exploring options, I hope to elucidate some common disagreements among believers and non-believers, as well as squabbles between different religious positions. While most attention will be given to examples within Christianity, similar sorts of disagreements also occur in other religions. It is (...)
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    Scientific Virtues.Doren A. Recker - unknown
    Chapter I describes diachronic realism and shows why it is a version of what is called 'metaphysical realism'. Consequently, I argue that recent claims that 'metaphysical realism' is incoherent are unfounded. Chapter II argues that certain anti-realist positions involve an insufficient treatment of 'meaning' and 'reference' for theoretical terms. I review much of the current work on theories of reference and show that these incommensurability positions are bankrupt given either of the two most promising theories of reference. Chapter III argues (...)
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    Tom Sorrell, Ed., "The Rise of Modern Philosophy: The Tension Between the New and Traditional Philosophies From Machiavelli to Leibniz". [REVIEW]Doren A. Recker - 1995 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (1):173.
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    Designer Genes? [REVIEW]Doren Recker - 1988 - Behavior and Philosophy 16 (1):69.
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    With Commentary.Doren Recker - 1989 - Biology and Philosophy 4 (2):176.