Philosophy Department Faculty

Daniel McKaughan

Associate Professor




Professor McKaughan joined the faculty in 2008. His research and teaching focuses on the history and philosophy of science, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. He has published more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in venues such as Philosophy of Science, Isis, Biology and Philosophy, Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Science, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Humility, and Cambridge Handbook of Religious Epistemology on a wide range of topics in the philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, science and values, American pragmatism, and the historical foundations of molecular biology. He has served as a guest editor for special issues of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Studies. He is co-editor, with Holly Vande Wall, of History and Philosophy of Science: A Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018) and of a three-volume series, History and Philosophy of Western Science: From Antiquity to the 19th Century, forthcoming with Bloomsbury. He is currently writing a book on Faith and Faithfulness (co-authored with Daniel Howard-Snyder), which is under contract with Oxford University Press. 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.

Edited Books and Journal Issues

History and Philosophy of Science: A Reader (co-edited with Holly Vande Wall, Boston College). London:  Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Guest co-editor (with Rebekah L. H. Rice and Daniel Howard-Snyder). Special double issue of International Journal for Philosophy of Religion on “Approaches to Faith,” Volume 81, Issues 1-2, April 2017, 1-227.

Guest co-editor (with Kevin C. Elliott). Special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science on “Cognitive Attitudes and Values in Science”. Volume 53, October 2015, 57-95.