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Daniel McKaughan

philosophy department

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame
M. Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. University of Oregon

Stokes N351
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3859

Phone: 617-552-3866
Cell: 617-999-5130
Fax: 617-552-3874
Email: daniel.mckaughan@bc.edu

Personal web site

Professional Career

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
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion

Current Teaching

  • New Scientific Visions (Perspectives IV)
  • Philosophy of Biology (Darwin, Genes, and Embryology)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Religion
  • Epistemology

Recent Publications

“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.

“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, 2008, 446-468. (2007 Charles S. Peirce Society Essay Contest Winner).

“How Values in Scientific Discovery and Pursuit Alter Theory Appraisal” (with Kevin C. Elliott, University of South Carolina) Philosophy of Science, Vol. 76, No. 5, December 2009, 598-611.

“Was Delbrück a Reductionist?” Chapter 6 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).

“Speech Acts, Attitudes, and Scientific Practice: Can Searle Handle Assuming for the Sake of Hypothesis?” Pragmatics and Cognition, 20:1 (2012), 88-106.

“Voles, Vasopressin, and Infidelity: A Molecular Basis for Monogamy, a Platform for Ethics, and More?” Biology and Philosophy, Volume 27, Issue 4 (2012), 521-543.

“Representing Vague Opinion,” (with John Drake, University of Georgia) Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology, Volume 16, Issue 2 (2012), 341-344.

“Voles, Vasopressin, and the Ethics of Framing,” (with Kevin C. Elliott, University of South Carolina) Science Vol. 338, No. 6112, 1285. December 7, 2012.

“Authentic Faith and Acknowledged Risk: Dissolving the Problem of Faith and Reason” Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, Volume 49, Issue 1 (March 2013), 101-124.

“Models, Scientific” 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, 2013).

“Methodological Naturalism” (with Erik L. Peterson, University of Wisconsin) 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, 2013).

“Brute Facts” 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, 2013).

“Ockham’s Razor” 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, 2013).

“Backtracking and the Ethics of Framing: Lessons from Voles and Vasopressin” (with Kevin C. Elliott, University of South Carolina) Accountability in Research, 20:3 (2013), 206-226.

“Delbrück, Max” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in America, Hugh Slotten, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

“Religious Violence,” Chapter 24 in Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy of Religion, Graham Oppy, ed. (Durham, UK: Acumen Publishing), forthcoming.

“Constructive Empiricism,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd ed. Robert Audi, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

“Empirical Adequacy,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd ed. Robert Audi, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

“Counterintuitive,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd ed. Robert Audi, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

“Hope,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 3rd ed. Robert Audi, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

“Darwin’s Descent of Man and the Value of Studying Science from a Liberal Arts Perspective,” in The Quest for Excellence: Selected Papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference (2011) of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, edited by Dustin Gish, Christopher Constas, and J. Scott Lee. Lanham: University Press of America, forthcoming.

“Non-Epistemic Values and the Multiple Goals of Science” (with Kevin C. Elliott, Michigan State University) Philosophy of Science, Vol. 81, No. 1, January 2014, 1-21.

“Character Traits and the Neuroscience of Social Behavior,” in The Character Project: New Perspectives in Psychology, Philosophy, & Theology, Christian B. Miller, ed., forthcoming.