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  1. Galilean Idealization.Ernan McMullin - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (3):247.
  2. Values in Science.Ernan McMullin - 2012 - Zygon 47 (4):686-709.
    In this essay, which was his presidential address to the Philosophy of Science Association, Ernan McMullin argued that the watershed between “classic” philosophy of science and the “new” philosophy of science can best be understood by analyzing the change in our perception of the role played by values in science. He begins with some general remarks about the nature of value, goes on to explore some of the historical sources for the claim that judgement in science is value‐laden, and concludes (...)
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    Laudan's Progress and Its ProblemsProgress and Its Problems. Larry Laudan.Ernan McMullin - 1979 - Philosophy of Science 46 (4):623-644.
  4. Values in Science.Ernan McMullin - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982 (4):3-28.
    This paper argues that the appraisal of theory is in important respects closer in structure to value-judgement than it is to the rule-governed inference that the classical tradition in philosophy of science took for granted.
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  5. A Case for Scientific Realism.Ernan McMullin - 1984 - In J. Leplin (ed.), Scientific Realism. University of California. pp. 8--40.
  6. Philoophical Consequences of Quantum Theory.James T. Cushing & Ernan McMullin (eds.) - 1989 - University of Notre Dame Press.
     
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  7. The Structure and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.R. I. G. Hughes, James T. Cushing & Ernan Mcmullin - 1991 - Synthese 86 (1):99-122.
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  8. Rationality and Paradigm Change in Science.Ernan McMullin - 1993 - In Paul Horwich (ed.), World Changes. Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science. MIT Press. pp. 55-78.
     
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    Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: Reflections on Bell’s Theorem.Ernan McMullin - 1989 - University of Notre Dame Press.
    From the beginning, the implications of quantum theory for our most general understanding of the world have been a matter of intense debate. Einstein argues that the theory had to be regarded as fundamentally incomplete. Its inability, for example, to predict the exact time of decay of a single radioactive atom had to be due to a failure of the theory and not due to a permanent inability on our part or a fundamental indeterminism in nature itself. In 1964, John (...)
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  10. Indifference Principle and Anthropic Principle in Cosmology.Ernan McMullin - 1993 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 24 (3):359-389.
    The successes scored by the big bang model of cosmic evolution in the 1960’s led to an intensive application of quantum theory to the problem of how the expansion might have begun and what its likely first stages were. It seemed as though an incredibly precise setting of the initial conditions would have been needed in order that a long-lived galactic universe containing heavy elements might develop. One response was to suppose that the fine-tuning could somehow be explained by the (...)
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  11. The Virtues of a Good Theory.Ernan McMullin - 2008 - In Martin Curd & Stathis Psillos (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science. Routledge.
  12. The Inference That Makes Science.Ernan McMullin - 1992 - Zygon 48 (1):143-191.
    Abstract In his Aquinas Lecture 1992 at Marquette University, Ernan McMullin discusses whether there is a pattern of inference that particularly characterizes the sciences of nature. He pursues this theme both on a historical and a systematic level. There is a continuity of concern across the ages that separate the Greek inquiry into nature from our own vastly more complex scientific enterprise. But there is also discontinuity, the abandonment of earlier ideals as unworkable. The natural sciences involve many types of (...)
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    Newton on Matter and Activity.Ralph C. S. Walker & Ernan McMullin - 1980 - Philosophical Quarterly 30 (120):249.
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    Structural Explanation.Ernan McMullin - 1978 - American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (2):139 - 147.
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    The Fertility of Theory and the Unit for Appraisal in Science.Ernan McMullin - 1976 - In R. S. Cohen, P. K. Feyerabend & M. Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos. Reidel. pp. 395--432.
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    The Inference That Makes Science.Ernan McMullin - 1992 - Milwaukee, WI, USA: Marquette University Press.
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    The Inference That Makes Science.Ernan McMullin - 1992 - Zygon 48 (1):143-191.
    In his Aquinas Lecture 1992 at Marquette University, Ernan McMullin discusses whether there is a pattern of inference that particularly characterizes the sciences of nature. He pursues this theme both on a historical and a systematic level. There is a continuity of concern across the ages that separate the Greek inquiry into nature from our own vastly more complex scientific enterprise. But there is also discontinuity, the abandonment of earlier ideals as unworkable. The natural sciences involve many types of inference; (...)
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  18. The Impact of Newton's Principia on the Philosophy of Science.Ernan McMullin - 2001 - Philosophy of Science 68 (3):279-310.
    As the seventeenth century progressed, there was a growing realization among those who reflected on the kind of knowledge the new sciences could afford (among them Kepler, Bacon, Descartes, Boyle, Huygens) that hypothesis would have to be conceded a much more significant place in natural philosophy than the earlier ideal of demonstration allowed. Then came the mechanics of Newton's Principia, which seemed to manage quite well without appealing to hypothesis (though much would depend on how exactly terms like "force" and (...)
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  19. Construction and Constraint the Shaping of Scientific Rationality.Ernan McMullin - 1988
    Papers presented at a conference held at the University of Notre Dame in April 1986.
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    Darwin and the Other Christian Tradition.Ernan McMullin - 2011 - Zygon 46 (2):291-316.
    Abstract. Augustine, and following him some major theologians of the early Christian church, noted the apparent discrepancies between the first two chapters of Genesis and suggested an interpretation for these chapters significantly different from the literal. After examining a selection of the relevant texts, we shall follow the later fortunes of this interpretation in brief outline, figuring in particular an unlikely trio: Suarez, St. George Mivart, and Thomas Henry Huxley. Moral: Darwinian theory might plausibly be construed as implementing, unawares, a (...)
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    Galileo's Theological Venture.Ernan McMullin - 2013 - Zygon 48 (1):192-220.
    In this essay, I will lay out first in some detail the exegetical principles implicit in Augustine's treatment of an early apparent conflict between Scripture and the findings of “sense or reason.” Then I will analyze Galileo's two major discussions of the issue, first in his Letter to Castelli, and then in his Letter to the Grand Duchess, touching on Foscarini's ill-fated Letter in between. I will turn then to an internal tension that many commentators have perceived within the exegetic (...)
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    Cosmic Purpose and the Contingency of Human Evolution.Ernan McMullin - 2013 - Zygon 48 (2):338-363.
    Some understand the evolutionary process as more or less predictable; others stress its contingency. I argue that both Christian evolutionists who have assumed that the purposes of the Creator can be realized only through more or less predictable processes as well as those who infer from the contingency of the evolutionary process to the lack of purpose in the universe generally, are mistaken if the Creator escapes from the limits imposed on the creature by temporality, as the traditional Augustinian account (...)
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    Comment: Selective Anti-Realism.Ernan McMullin - 1991 - Philosophical Studies 61 (1-2):97 - 108.
    Comment on A Fine: "Piecemeal Realism." Fine's critique of scientific realism derives its force from a selective focus on mechanics. But what does the antirealist have to say about evolutionary theory or astrophysics? Furthermore, the circularity objection to the "explanationist" defence of realism can be countered. Fine's own position (NOA) reduces either to instrumentalism or to an unargued-for realism, depending on where the stress is laid.
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    Two Ideals of Explanation in Natural Science1.Ernan McMullin - 1984 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 9 (1):205-220.
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    The Social Dimensions of Science.L. F. S. & Ernan McMullin - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (174):135.
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    History and Philosophy of Science: A Marriage of Convenience?Ernan McMullin - 1974 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1974:585 - 601.
  27. Comment: Duhem's Middle Way.Ernan McMullin - 1990 - Synthese 83 (3):421 - 430.
    Duhem attempted to find a middle way between two positions he regarded as extremes, the conventionalism of Poincaré and the scientific realism of the majority of his scientific colleagues. He argued that conventionalism exaggerated the arbitrariness of scientific formulations, but that belief in atoms and electrons erred in the opposite direction by attributing too much logical force to explanatory theories. The instrumentalist sympathies so apparent in Duhem's writings on the history of astronomy are only partially counterbalanced by his view that (...)
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  28. Evolution and Creation.Ernan Mcmullin - 1986 - Philosophy of Science 53 (4):608-610.
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    Biology and the Theology of the Human.Ernan McMullin - 2013 - Zygon 48 (2):305-328.
    We will consider two Christian responses to the enormous advances in recent years in the connected sciences of genetics, evolutionary biology, and biochemistry, a dualist one by Pope John Paul II and an “emergentist” one by Arthur Peacocke. These two could hardly be more different. It would be impossible within the scope of a brief comment to do justice to these differences. What I hope to do instead is more modest: to draw attention to troublesome ambiguities in some of the (...)
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    Discussion Review: Laudan’s Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW]Ernan McMullin - 1979 - Philosophy of Science 46 (4):623 - 644.
  31. Prelude to Galileo. William A. Wallace. [REVIEW]Ernan McMullin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (1):171-173.
  32. The Concept of Matter in Greek and Medieval Philosophy.Ernan McMullin - 1965 - Notre Dame, Ind.]University of Notre Dame Press.
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    Laudan's Progress and Its Problems. [REVIEW]Ernan McMullin - 1979 - Philosophy of Science 46 (4):623 - 644.
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    The Goals of Natural Science.Ernan McMullin - 1984 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 58 (1):37 - 64.
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  35. Plantinga’s Defense of Special Creation.Ernan McMullin - 1991 - Christian Scholar's Review 21 (1):55-70.
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    Is Philosophy Relevant to Cosmology?Ernan McMullin - 1981 - American Philosophical Quarterly 18 (3):177 - 189.
  37. Underdetermination.Ernan McMullin - 1995 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (3):233-252.
    When trying to assess the implications of recent deep shifts in the philosophy of science for the broader arena of medicine, the theme that most readily comes to mind is underdetermination . In scientific research one always hopes for determination: that the world should determine the observations we make of it; that evidence should determine the theories we adopt; that the practice of science should determine results independent of the sort of society in which that practice takes place. In this (...)
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  38. Van Fraassen’s Unappreciated Realism.Ernan McMullin - 2003 - Philosophy of Science 70 (3):455-478.
    What is not often noted about Bas van Fraassen’s distinctive approach to the scientific realism issue is that constructive empiricism, as he defines it, seems to involve a distinctively realist stance in regard to large parts of natural science. This apparent defection from the ranks of his more uncompromisingly anti‐realist colleagues raises many questions. Is he really leaning to realism here? If he is, why is this not more widely noted? And, more important, if he is, is he entitled to (...)
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  39. Taking an Empirical Stance.Ernan McMullin - 2007 - In Bradley Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances, with a Reply From Bas C. Van Fraassen. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science. [REVIEW]Ernan McMullin - 1997 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (4):606-609.
  41. Anthropic Explanation in Cosmology.Ernan Mcmullin - 2005 - Faith and Philosophy 22 (5):601-614.
    Since Collins and Hawking described the need for an unimaginably precise flatness in the early universe, many have argued that the cosmos thereby requires design. This essay traces the developments of these design speculations from the Collins-Hawking discovery in 1973 to the present, and describes the four possible responses that are available to the apparent fine-tuning of the universe.
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  42. Openness and Secrecy in Science: Some Notes on Early History.Ernan McMullin - 1985 - Science, Technology and Human Values 10 (2):14-22.
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    Persons in the Universe.Ernan McMullin - 1980 - Zygon 15 (1):69-89.
  44. Hypothesis in Early Modern Science.Ernan McMullin - 2009 - In Michael Heidelberger & Gregor Schiemann (eds.), The Significance of the Hypothetical in Natural Science. De Gruyter. pp. 7-38.
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    Philosophies of Nature.Ernan McMullin - 1969 - New Scholasticism 43 (1):29-74.
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    Book Review:Prelude to Galileo William A. Wallace. [REVIEW]Ernan McMullin - 1983 - Philosophy of Science 50 (1):171-.
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    Introduction.Ernan McMullin - 1983 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 8 (1):3-4.
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    The Concept of Matter.Ernan McMullin - 1963 - Notre Dame, Ind.]University of Notre Dame Press.
    Additional Contributors Include V. C. Chappell, Leonard J. Eslick, Herbert Feigl, And Many Others.
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    Enlarging Imagination.Ernan McMullin - 1996 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 58 (2):227 - 260.
    The notion of imagination as a specific human capacity first took shape in the works of Plato and Aristotle, and was further developed by Latin writers like Cicero and Christian theologians like Augustine. It came to be associated in a special way with the activity of poets and was celebrated as such in Dante's Divine Comedy. By the 17th century Francis Bacon could contrast science as the work of reason with poetry, the work of imagination. Yet in that same century, (...)
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    Truth and Explanatory Success.Ernan Mcmullin - 1985 - Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 59:206.
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