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    The Logical Analysis of Quantum Mechanics.Edward MacKinnon - 1974 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 25 (4):352-358.
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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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    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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    The Logical Analysis of Quantum Mechanics.Edward MacKinnon - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (1):96-100.
  5. 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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  6. 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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    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 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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    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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  10. 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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  11. 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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    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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  13. 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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    A reinterpretation of Harre's copernican revolution.Edward Mackinnon - 1975 - Philosophy of Science 42 (1):67-79.
    Rom Harré's proposed Copernican Revolution in the philosophy of science is a very ambitious undertaking. It challenges established views, proposes a radically new model for scientific explanation, and forces a rethinking of the foundations of the field. In his treatment of the natural sciences, Harré rejects all deductivist accounts of scientific explanation basically on the grounds that such accounts seriously distort the methods of explanation actually operative in science. In the social sciences Harré, in collaboration with Secord, rejects mechanistic, positivistic, (...)
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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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  16. 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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    Why is There Something?Edward MacKinnon - 2023 - Philosophia 51 (2):835-855.
    The tension that many early scientists experienced between a reliance on religious tradition as a source of truth and scientific methodology as a guide to truth eventually led to a clash between theists who claimed that the existence of the universe required a creator and non-theists, who insisted that recourse to a creator to explain why there is something perverts scientific methodology. The present paper defends the position that physics and its foreseeable cosmological extensions neither requires nor excludes either opposed (...)
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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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    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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    Atomic Physics and Reality.Edward MacKinnon - 1960 - Modern Schoolman 38 (1):37-59.
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    Basic Reasoning.Edward Mackinnon - 1985 - Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall.
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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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    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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    Epistemological Problems in the Philosophy of Science, I.Edward MacKinnon - 1968 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (1):113 - 137.
    The revolt against logical positivism within the philosophy of science has now lasted long enough to produce something of a counter-revolution. As the more strident charges (positivistic analyses misrepresent the most fundamental features of the scientific enterprise and have contributed little or nothing to its clarification) and counter-charges (any attempt to induce a philosophy of science from studies in the history of science rests on a massive genetic fallacy) gradually subside, critical interest is focussing on the presuppositions that guide and (...)
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  25. 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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    Aristotelianism and Modern Physics.Edward Mackinnon - 1964 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 38:102-109.
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    Interpreting Bodies: Classical and Quantum Objects in Modern Physics. Elena Castellani.Edward MacKinnon - 2001 - Isis 92 (1):209-210.
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    Issues in the Philosophy of Language: Proceedings of the 1972 Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy.Edward Mackinnon - 1977 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 37 (4):583-584.
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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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    Language, speech, and speech-acts.Edward MacKinnon - 1973 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 34 (2):224-238.
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    Models as Mediators: Perspectives on Natural and Social Science. Mary S. Morgan, Margaret Morrison.Edward MacKinnon - 2001 - Isis 92 (3):642-643.
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    Motion, Mechanics, and Theology.Edward MacKinnon - 1961 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 36 (3):344-370.
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    Physical Sciences and History of Physics. R. S. Cohen, M. W. Wartofsky.Edward MacKinnon - 1986 - Isis 77 (1):110-111.
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  34. 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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    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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    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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    Time and Contemporary Physics.Edward MacKinnon - 1962 - International Philosophical Quarterly 2 (3):428-457.
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    Truth and the Historicity of man.Edward MacKinnon - 1969 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43:24-43.
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    The language of classical physics.Edward MacKinnon - 2010 - 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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    The new materialism.Edward M. Mackinnon - 1967 - Heythrop Journal 8 (1):5-26.
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    The new reductionism.Edward Mackinnon - 2008 - Philosophical Forum 39 (4):439-461.
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    The Origin of Quantification.Edward MacKinnon - 2013 - Open Journal of Philosophy 3 (4):6.
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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 Role of Conceptual and Linguistic Frameworks.Edward MacKinnon - 1969 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43:24-43.
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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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  46. Understanding According to Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. - Part I.Edward M. Mackinnon - 1964 - The Thomist 28 (2):97.
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  47. Understanding According to Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. - Part II.Edward Mackinnon - 1964 - The Thomist 28 (3):338-372.
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  48. Understanding According to Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. - Part III.Edward Mackinnon - 1964 - The Thomist 28 (4):475-522.
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    Werner Heisenberg: 1901-1976. Armin Hermann, Timothy Nevill.Edward MacKinnon - 1978 - Isis 69 (1):149-150.
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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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