Symposium on the work of Fr. Ernan McMullin

Author: Jessica Baron

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly has published the proceedings from a symposium held in honor of the late Notre Dame philosopher Fr. Ernan McMullin and his contributions to philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, religion and science, and history of science.

The event was held at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in St. Louis and featured work from philosopher Robert J. Deltete (Seattle University, “Ernan McMullin on Anthropic Reasoning in Cosmology”), theologian Paul Allen (Concordia University, “McMullin’s Augustinian Settlement: The Consonance between Faith and Science), philosopher Brendan Sweetman (Rockhurst University, “The Dispute between McMullin and Plantinga over Evolution”), and Notre Dame History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program alumnus Patrick J. McDonald (Seattle Pacific University, “Fr. Ernan McMullin on Evolutionary Biology and a Theology of the Human”).

The papers can be found in the Spring 2012 issue of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Volume 86, Issue 2). Those with a subscription to the journal can view the papers by clicking here.

Fr. Ernan McMullin was an internationally prominent philosopher of science and John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame at the time of his death in 2011. He studied physics at the National University of Ireland under the Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger and theology at Maynooth College, receiving his doctorate in philosophy in 1954 from the University of Louvain. McMullin, who came to Notre Dame in 1954, served as director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values as well as its History and Philosophy of Science Ph.D. program, and as chair of the philosophy department. He retired in 1994, but continued to teach graduate courses in philosophy and philosophy of science until 2003.