He was an internationally respected philosopher of science who has written and lectured extensively on subjects ranging from the relationship between cosmology and theology , to the role of values in understanding science, to the impact of Darwinism on Western religious thought. He is the only person to ever hold the presidency of four of the major US philosophical associations. He also served on numerous scholarly committees and congresses worldwide and is the only person ever to have been elected president of all the following professional organizations: the American Philosophical Association , the Philosophy of Science Association , the Metaphysical Society of America and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He served as the chair of the History and Philosophy of Science Section of the AAAS , as a member of the executive committees of the History of Science Society , the Council for Philosophical Studies , and the Society of Christian Philosophers , and as a member of numerous scholarly and scientific committees, congresses, and panels. McMullin was influential on the thought of the eminent philosopher of biology Michael Ruse. Father McMullin wrote and lectured widely on subjects ranging from the relationship between cosmology and theology, to the role of values in understanding science, to the impact of Darwinism on Western religious thought.
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This collection of first-rate essays aims to provide an accurate scholarly assessment of the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and Galileo. This volume attempts what the Commission failed to provide—a historically accurate, scholarly, and balanced account of Galileo and his difficult relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. Contributors provide careful analyses of the interactions of the Church and Galileo over the thirty years between and his death in The book is divided into three sections corresponding to the periods before, during, and after the original Galileo affair.
Particular attention is paid to those topics that have been the most divisive among scholars and theologians. Post navigation Book pages Level: university A book edited by Fr. From the web site of the publisher, the University of Notre Dame Press : This collection of first-rate essays aims to provide an accurate scholarly assessment of the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and Galileo.
In Memoriam: Rev. Ernan McMullin, Notre Dame philosopher of science
He was 86 years old. A native of Ballybofey, Donegal, Father McMullin was an internationally prominent scholar in the philosophy of science. He studied physics at the National University of Ireland under the Nobel laureate Erwin Schroedinger and theology at Maynooth College before being ordained a priest in and receiving his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Louvain in He joined the Notre Dame faculty the same year, and for the next half century explained that decision by praising the then-new president who had recruited him. At Notre Dame, Father McMullin chaired the philosophy department from to and served as director of the history and philosophy of science program and of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Human Values before retiring in , continuing to teach on the graduate level until For the last seven years, he had lived both in St. Paul, Minn.
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