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Timothy J. McGrew


What's New

Saturday, January 22, 2005. Here is an Adobe PDF file of the paper “Has Plantinga Refuted the Historical Argument?” which was a keynote address to the Pacific Division meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers in Los Angeles, February 2004 and appeared in Philosophia Christi 6 (2004): 7-26.

[The PDF format is necessary to preserve a few diagrams. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is free for downloading on the web.]

Sunday, January 04, 2004. Here is a more or less final draft of "Confirmation, Heuristics, and Explanatory Reasoning," which appeared in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54 (2003): 553-67.

Monday, September 17, 2001. The most recent version of "Toward a Rational Reconstruction of Design Inferences" is now available.

Tuesday, May 8, 2001. An almost typo-free version of "Direct Inference and the Problem of Induction" is now available. This is roughly the same paper as the version in The Monist 84 (2001).

Monday, May 7, 2001. "A Defense of Strong Foundationalism" appears here with a small correction from the version found in Louis Pojman’s anthology The Theory of Knowledge: Classical and Contemporary Readings, 2nd ed. (1998).

Annotated Bibliographies

A number of people have told me that they have found the following brief bibliographies useful, so I am leaving them online. They are not research bibliographies but rather suggestions for those who are just beginning to enter the literature on a given topic.

Abductive Inference and Inference to the Best Explanation

Bayesian Reasoning

Confirmation Theory

Teaching Links

James Morrison's Astrolabe page

Retrograde Motion Simulator

Solar System Simulator

Homepages of Friends

Lydia McGrew

Dangerous Idea


Memory Links

The Memory Page

Online Memory Improvement Course

Chess Links

West Michigan Chess


Chess Cafe


Internet Chess Club

The Week in Chess

Correspondence Chess Online

Current Course Pages

PHIL 3710: History and Philosophy of Science, Part 1 -- From Aristotle to Galileo (Fall 2012)

This course is an exploration of themes in the history and philosophy of science, with special attention to the life and work of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler and Galileo. Beginning with the necessary background in the physics and astronomy of Aristotle, we will study the development of the modern view with an eye to the conceptual and epistemological problems encountered in the transition to the new physics and astronomy, culminating with a close reading of most of Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. In order to keep the course within manageable bounds, we will focus primarily on astronomy and dynamics, though there will be interesting sidelights thrown on mathematics as well as biology, chemistry and other branches of science.

PHIL 3550: Philosophy of Science (Fall 2012)

This course is a study of central issues in the philosophy of science. Starting with the “textbook” model of scientific inquiry and a detailed examination of its inadequacies, we will explore the history of science and some of the philosophical problems connected with imagination, thought experiments, confirmation and disconfirmation of theories, holism, relativism, falsifiability and pseudo-science, induction, probability and statistical inference, prediction, explanation, empirical equivalence, realism and many other related themes. At the end of the course we will examine how some of these ideas are brought into sharp focus in more modern physics.