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James McAllister

Professor History and Philosophy of Science

Name
Prof.dr. J.W. McAllister
Telephone
+31 71 527 2004
E-mail
j.w.mcallister@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0003-0164-1638

James McAllister is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute for Philosophy.

More information about James McAllister

Research

Prof. McAllister’s research is in the field of History and Philosophy of Science. Current research themes include the relation between patterns in empirical data and the structure of the world, beauty and effortlessness in scientific practice, the role of emotions in scientists’ decisions, thought experiments, and the relation between history of science and philosophy of science. McAllister is the author of Beauty and Revolution in Science (Cornell University Press, 1996) and editor of International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.

McAllister was PI of the NWO-funded research programme, “Philosophical Foundations of the Historiography of Science”, 2008–2013.

Curriculum Vitae

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Professor History and Philosophy of Science

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.21

Contact

  • McAllister J.W. (2023), Empirical tests of scientific realism: a quantitative framework, Metaphilosophy 54(4): 507-522. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2022), Filosofie aan de Nonnensteeg: Het Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte te Leiden, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 84(1): 3-10. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. & Ruzzene A. (2021), La scienza e il dato. In: Cassia L., Kalchschmidt M. & Paleari S. (Eds.), Un dato di fatto: Uso e abuso del dato. Milano: Francesco Brioschi. 17-35. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2020), Does artistic value pose a special problem for time travel theories?, British Journal of Aesthetics 60(1): 61-69. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2019), Art and Science: A Tangled Relation. In: Wuppuluri S. & Wun D. (Eds.), On Art and Science: Tango of an Eternally Inseparable Duo. Cham: Springer. 1-10. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2018), Scientists’ Reuse of Old Empirical Data: Epistemological Aspects, Philosophy of Science 85(5): 755–766. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2018), Using History as Evidence in Philosophy of Science: A Methodological Critique, Journal of the Philosophy of History 12: 239–258. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2018), Historicism and cross-culture comparison. In: Stuart M.T., Fehige Y. & Brown J.R. (Eds.), The Routledge companion to thought experiments. London: Routledge. 425-438. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2016), Rhetoric of Effortlessness in Science, Perspectives on Science 24(2): 145–166. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2016), Editor’s Report, 2015, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30(3): 197-199. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2015), Le Rôle de l’émotion dans la résolution des dilemmes méthodologiques en science. In: Andler D. (Ed.), Sciences et décision. Besançon: Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté. 77–92. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2015), Editor’s Report, 2014, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 29(3): 229-231. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2014), Six Questions for Any Account of Mathematical Beauty, with Some Answers. Aesthetics in Mathematics 5 December 2014 - 7 December 2014. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • McAllister J.W. (2014), Editor's Report, 2013 , International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 28: 231-233. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2014), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2014), Methodological Dilemmas and Emotion in Science, Synthese 191: 3143-3158. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2014), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), Empirical Evidence that the World Is Not a Computer. In: Emmer M. (Ed.), Imagine Math 2: Between Culture and Mathematics. Milan: Springer. 127-135. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2013), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), The Veracity of Empirical Data: A Causal Account of Observational Error. Séminaire Histoire et philosophie de la physique, Laboratoire SPHERE, Université Paris Diderot—Paris 7 26 November 2013 - 26 November 2013. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), Thought Experiment and the Exercise of Imagination in Science. In: Frappier M., Meynell L. & Brown J.R. (Eds.), Thought Experiments in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts. New York: Routledge. 11-29. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2013), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), The Information Content of Empirical Data: Methodological and Metaphysical Implications. 1st International Conference on Philosophy of Information 19 October 2013 - 21 October 2013. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), Secondary Qualities Generalized: How Perception Creates New Classes of Facts. 40th Annual Philosophy of Science Conference, Inter-University Centre 15 April 2013 - 19 April 2013. Non-refereed' congrespublicatie
  • McAllister J.W. (2013), Reasoning with Visual Metaphors, Knowledge Engineering Review 28(--): 367-379. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2012), Editor's Report, 2011, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26: 237-239. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2012), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2012), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2012), Climate Science Controversies and the Demand for Access to Empirical Data, Philosophy of Science 79: 871-880. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2011), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2011), Editor’s Report, 2010, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25: 203-204. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2011), What Do Patterns in Empirical Data Tell Us About the Structure of the World?, Synthese 182: 73-87. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2011), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2011), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • Eck C.A. van, McAllister J.W. & Vall R. van de (Eds.) (2010), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2010), “The Ontology of Patterns in Empirical Data”, Philosophy of Science 77: 804-814. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2010), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2010), "Editor's Report, 2009", International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 24: 237-239. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2010), “The Formation of Styles: Science and the Applied Arts”. In: Eck C.A. van, McAllister J.W. & Vall R. van de (Eds.), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 157-176. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2010), Voorzitter: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Wetenschapsfilosofie. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2010), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2009), Editor’s Report, 2008, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 23: 119-121. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2009), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2009), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2008), Contours of a European Philosophy of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22: 1-3. Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2008), Editor's Report, 2007, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 22: 115-117. Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2008), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2008), . British Journal for Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2008), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2008), . Synthese. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2007), Model Selection and the Multiplicity of Patterns in Empirical Data, Philosophy of Science 74: 884-894. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2007), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2007), Editor's Report, 2006, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21: 119-122. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2007), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2007), . Synthese. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2007), Dilemmas in Science: What, Why, and How. In: Groen A. in 't & Jonge H.J. de (Eds.), Knowledge in Ferment: Dilemmas in Science, Scholarship and Society. Leiden: Leiden University Press. 13-24. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2007), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2007) Review of Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Review of: Malcolm Gladwell (2005), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. New York: Little, Brown. Minds and Machines 17: 125-128. Boekbespreking
  • McAllister J.W. (2006), Editor’s Report, 2005, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 20: 125-127. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2006), Die Rhetorik der Mühelosigkeit in der Wissenschaft und ihre barocken Ursprünge (trans. Christiane Hitzemann). In: Schramm H., Schwarte L. & Lazardzig J. (Eds.), Spektakuläre Experimente. Praktiken der Evidenzproduktion im 17. Jahrhundert. Berlin: De Gruyter. 154-175. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2006), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2006), . Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), Emotion, Rationality, and Decision Making in Science. In: Hájek Petr, Valdés-Villanueva Luis & Westerståhl Dag (Eds.), Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress.. London: King's College Publications. 559-576. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), Compression of Empirical Data: Reply to Twardy, Gardner, and Dowe, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 36: 403-410. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), Mathematical Beauty and the Evolution of the Standards of Mathematical Proof. In: Emmer Michele (Ed.), The Visual Mind II. Cambridge: Mass.: MIT Press. 15-34. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), The Composite Species Concept: A Rigorous Basis for Cladistic Practice. In: Reydon Thomas & Hemerik Lia (Eds.), Current Themes in Theoretical Biology: A Dutch Perspective.. Dordrecht: Springer. 95-127. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), The Virtual Laboratory: Thought Experiments in Seventeenth-Century Mechanics. In: Schramm Helmar, Schwarte Ludger & Lazardzig Jan (Eds.), Collection, Laboratory, Theater: Scenes of Knowledge in the 17th Century. New York: De Gruyter. 35-56. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2005), Editor's Report, 2004, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 19: 101-103. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2004), Absence of Contingency in the Newtonian Universe, Foundations of Science 9(2): 191-210. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2004), Thought Experiments and the Belief in Phenomena, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 71: 1164-1175. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2004), Editor's Report, 2003, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 18: 113-114. Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), Algorithmic Randomness in Empirical Data, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science : 633-646. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), Editor's Report, 2002, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (17): 115-116. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), Effective Complexity as a Measure of Information Content, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 70: 302-307. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2003), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), Das Virutuelle Labor: gedankenexperimente in der Mechanik des siebzehnten Jahrhunderts. In: Schwarte Ludger & Lazardzig Jan (Eds.), Helmar Schramm Kunsthammer. Berlin: De Gruyter. 35-55. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), Experimenten en de plaatsen van kennis, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte : 211-214. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2003), The Integration of European Higher Education and the Nature of philosophy, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science (17): 3-5. Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Functie bij : Inter-University Centre for Postgraduate Study. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2002), . Episteme. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Functie bij : Fac. Techniek, Bestuur en Management, TU Delft. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Historical and Stuctural Approaches in the Natural and Human Sciences. In: Tindemans P., Verrijn-Stuart A. & Visser R. (Eds.), The Future of the Sciences and Humanities. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 19-54. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Editor's Report 2001, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science : 109-110. Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), De wetenschapsstudies in Nederland en hun maatschappelijke rol, Gewina (Rotterdam) 25: 8-19. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2002), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Recent Work on Aesthetics of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16: 7-11. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2002), Bellezza matematica. Emmer M. (Ed.), Matematica e cultura 2002. . Milan: Springer-Verlag Italia. 125-134. 'Refereed' congrespublicatie
  • McAllister J.W. (2001), New Editorial Team and Policy Statement, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 15: 229-230. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (2001), Review of: Zee A. (1999), Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISIS. An International Review devoted to the History of Science and its Cultural Influences 92: 130-131. Boekbespreking
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2001), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2000), Review of: Jones C.A. & Galison P. (1998), Picturing Science, Producing Art. London: Routledge. British Journal of Aesthetics 40: 270-272. Boekbespreking
  • McAllister J.W. (2000), Visiting Fellow : University of Pittsburgh. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2000), . Acta Biotheoretica. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2000), . Erkenntnis. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (2000), Lid benoemingsadviescommissie voor twee onderwijsassistenten Filosofie van de biologie. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (2000), Functie bij :Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Kroatië. [other]. Overig
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2000), . British Journal for Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2000), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (2000), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . Acta Biotheoretica. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . Philosophical Explorations. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . British Journal for Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (1999), Unification of Theories. In: Newton-Smith W.H. (Ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Oxford: Blackwell. 537-539. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (1999), Waarheid en schoonheid in de wetenschap, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 91: 153-167. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1999), Relativism. In: Newton-Smith W.H. (Ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Science. Oxford: Blackwell. 405-407. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . Erkenntnis. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (Ed.) (1999), . International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (1998), Author's Response (to an essay review by T. Meijering of Beauty and Revolution in Science), Metascience 7: 112-116. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1998) The truth of science : physical theories and reality. Review of: Newton R.G. (1998), Warrants for Truth. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 4963: 28-28. Boekbespreking
  • McAllister J.W. (1998), Bellezza e rivoluzione nella scienza. Milano: McGraw-Hill Libri. Boek
  • McAllister J.W. (1998) A novel defense of scientific realism. Review of: Leplin J. (1998), Warrants for Truth. New York: Oxford University Press. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 4963: 28-28. Boekbespreking
  • McAllister J.W. (1998), Is Beauty a Sign of Truth in Scientific Theories?, American Scientist 86: 174-183. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1997), Philosophy of Science in the Netherlands, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11: 191-204. 'Non-refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1997), Phenomena and Patterns in Data Sets, Erkenntnis 47: 217-228. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1997), Laws of Nature, Natural History, and the Description of the World, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 11: 245-258. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • McAllister J.W. (1996), Scientists' Aesthetic Preferences among Theories: Conservative Factors in Revolutionary Crises. In: Tauber A.I. (Ed.), The Elusive Synthesis: Aesthetics and Science. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 169-187. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (1996), Beauty and Revolution in Science. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell U.P.. Boek
  • McAllister J.W. (1996), The Evidential Significance of Thought Experiment in Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 27: 233-250. 'Refereed' artikel in tijdschrift
  • Eck C.A. van, McAllister J.W. & Vall R. van de (Eds.) (1995), The Concept of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W., Eck C.A. van & Vall R. van de (Eds.) (1995), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.. Boekredactie
  • McAllister J.W. (1995), Introduction. In: McAllister J.W., Eck C.A. van & Vall R. van de (Eds.), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.. 1-17. Boekdeel
  • McAllister J.W. (1995), The Formation of Styles: Science and the Applied Arts. In: McAllister J.W., Eck C.A. van & Vall R. van de (Eds.), The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge U.P.. 157-176. Boekdeel

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