Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame
M. Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. University of Oregon
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3859
Prior to joining the Boston College faculty in 2008, Professor McKaughan was at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and, subsequently, a Sorin Postdoctoral Fellow.
Fields of Interest
- Philosophy of science
- Philosophy of biology
- Philosophy of religion
- New Scientific Visions (Perspectives IV)
- Philosophy of Biology (Darwin, Genes, and Embryology)
- Philosophy of Science
- Science and Religion
- Analytic Epistemology
- “Voles, Vasopressin, and Infidelity: A Molecular Basis for Monogamy, a Platform for Ethics, and More?” Biology and Philosophy, forthcoming.
- “Speech Acts, Attitudes, and Scientific Practice: Can Searle Handle Assuming for the Sake of Hypothesis?” Pragmatics and Cognition, forthcoming.
- “Delbrück, Max” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in America (Oxford: Oxford University Press), forthcoming.
- “Models,” in New Catholic Encyclopedia (Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy). Robert Fastiggi, et al. (Detroit: Gale-Cengage Learning and the Catholic University of America Press), forthcoming.
- “Was Delbrück a Reductionist?” in Creating a Physical Biology: The Three Man Paper and Early Molecular Biology, Phillip R. Sloan and Brandon Fogel, eds. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
- “How Values in Scientific Discovery and Pursuit Alter Theory Appraisal” (with Kevin Elliott, University of South Carolina) Philosophy of Science, Vol. 76, No. 5, December 2009, 598-611.
- “From Ugly Duckling to Swan: C. S. Peirce, Abduction, and the Pursuit of Scientific Theories,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, Vol. 44, Issue No. 3, Summer 2008, 446-468.
- “The Influence of Niels Bohr on Max Delbrück: Revisiting the Hopes Inspired by ‘Light and Life’,” Isis, December 2005, Volume 96 Number 4:507-529.