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  • Anthologies:


  • Edited Works:

    • The Myth of Invariance.  By Ernest G. McClain.  Ed. Patrick A. Heelan.  York Beach, ME: Nicolas-Hays, 1976.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • “Lifeworld and Scientific Interpretation.”  Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine.  Vol. 68 of Philosophy and Medicine.  Ed. S. Kay Toombs.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2002.  47-66.

    • “Phenomenology and the Philosophy of the Natural Sciences.”  Phenomenology World-Wide.  Ed. A-T. Tymieniecka.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2002.  631-641.

    • "Hermeneutics and Natural Science."  Continental Philosophers in America.  Ed. James R. Watson.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1999.  64-73.

    • "Nietzsche's Perspectivalism and the Philosophy of Science."  Nietzsche, Epistemology, and the Philosophy of Science.  Vol. 2.  Ed. Babette E. Babich and Robert S. Cohen.  Vol. 204 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999.  193-209. 

    • "The Authority of Science: a Post-Modern Crisis."  Studia Culturologica: Divinatio 6 (1998): 3-17.

    • "Hermeneutical Philosophy and Pragmatism: a Philosophy of Science."  By Heelan and Jay Schulkin.  Synthese 115 (1998): 269-302.

    • “Scope of Hermeneutics in the Philosophy of Natural Science.”  Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 29 (1998): 273-298.

    • “Why a Hermeneutical Philosophy of Natural Science?"  Hermeneutics and the Natural Sciences.  Ed. Robert Crease.  Dordrecht: Kluwer 1997.  13-40.  Rpt. in Man and World 30 (1997): 271-298.

    • "Context, Hermeneutics, and Ontology in the Experimental Sciences."  Issues and Images in the Philosophy of Science.  Ed. Dimitri Ginev and Robert S. Cohen.  Vol. 192 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Series.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1997.  107-126.

    • "An Anti-Epistemological or Ontological Interpretation of the Quantum Theory and Theories Like it."  Continental and Postmodern Perspectives in the Philosophy of Science.  Ed. Babette E. Babich, D. Bergoffen, and S. Glynn.  Aldershot: Avebury, 1995.  55-68.

    • "Quantum Mechanics and the Social Sciences: After Hermeneutics."  Science and Education 4 (1995): 127-136. 

    • "Galileo, Luther, and the Hermeneutics of Natural Science."  The Question of Hermeneutics: Festschrift for Joseph Kockelmans.  Ed. Timothy Stapleton.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1994.  363-375.

    • "Experiment as Fulfillment of Theory."  Phenomenology and Indian Philosophy.  Ed. D. P. Chattopadhyaha and J. N. Mohanty.  New Delhi: Council for Philosophical Research, 1992.  169-184.

    • "Hermeneutical Phenomenology and the History of Science."  Nature and Scientific Method: William A. Wallace Festschrift.  Ed. Daniel Dahlstrom.  Washington, D.C.: Catholic U of America P, 1991.  23-36.

    • "Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Science."  Gadamer and Hermeneutics: Science, Culture, and Literature.  Vol. 4 of Continental Philosophy.  Ed. Hugh Silverman.  London: Routledge, 1991.  213-228.

    • "The New Relevance of Experiment: a Postmodern Problem."  Phenomenology of Natural Science.  Ed. Lee Hardy and Lester Embree.  Dordrecht: Kluwer 1991.  197-213.

    • "After Experiment: Research and Reality."  Amer. Philos. Qrtly.  26 (1989): 297-308.

    • "Husserl's Philosophy of Science."  Husserl's Phenomenology: a Textbook.  Ed. J. Mohanty and W. McKenna.  Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.: CARP and University Press of America, 1989.  387-428.

    • "Philosophy and Synoptic Understanding." The World & I 4 (1989): 450-455.

    • "Space Perception and a Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Natural Science."  Phenomenology in America.  Ed. Eugene Kaelin and Carl Schrag.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1989.  216-220.

    • "Yes!  There is a Hermeneutic Philosophy of Natural Science: Rejoinder to Markus."  Science in Context 3 (1989): 469-480.

    • "Experiment and Theory: Constitution and Reality."  Journal of Philosophy 85 (1988): 515-524.

    • "A Heideggerian Meditation on Science and Art."  Hermeneutic Phenomenology.  Ed. Joseph J. Kockelmans.  Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh: UP of America and CARP, 1988.  257-275.

    • "Husserl, Hilbert and the Critique of Galilean Science."  Edmund Husserl and the Phenomenological Tradition.  Ed. Robert Sokolowski.  Washington, D.C.: Catholic U of America P, 1988.  157-173.

    • "The Primacy of Perception and the Cognitive Paradigm: Reply to De Mey."  Social Epistemology 1 (1988): 321-326.

    • "Husserl's Later Philosophy of Science."  Philosophy of Science 54 (1987): 368-390.

    • "Perceived Worlds are Interpreted Worlds."  New Essays in Metaphysics Ed. Robert Neville.  Albany: SUNY Press 1987.  61-76.

    • "Interpretation and the Structure of Space in Scientific Theory and in Perception."  Research in Phenomenology XVI.  Ed. John Sallis.  Atlantic Heights, NJ: Humanities, 1986.  187-199.

    • "Natural Science as a Hermeneutic of Instrumentation."  Philosophy of Science 50 (1983): 181-204.

    • "Natural Science and Being-in-the-World."  Man and World 16 (1983): 207-216.

    • "Perception as a Hermeneutical Act."  Review of Metaphysics 37 (1983): 61-76. Rpt. in Hermeneutics and Deconstruction.  Ed. Hugh Silverman and Don Ihde.  Vol. 10 of Proceedings of the Society for  Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1985.   43-54.

    • "Space as God's Presence."  Journal of Dharma 8 (1983): 63-86.  Rpt. in Religious Experience and Scientific Paradigms.  Stony Brook, NY: Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions, 1985.  24-60.  Rpt. in The World and I 1 (1986): 607-623.

    • Space Perception and the Philosophy of Science.  Berkeley: U of California P, 1983.

    • "Is Visual Space Euclidean?  A Study in the Hermeneutics of Perception."  Abstracts of the Seventh International Congress on the Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science.  Sec. 10, Vol. 5.  Salzburg, 1983.  40-43.

    • "Hermeneutical Realism and Scientific Observation."  PSA 1982.  Ed. Peter Asquith and Ron Giere.  Lansing, MI: Philosophy of Science Association, Michigan State University, 1982.  77-87.

    • "Continental Philosophy and the Philosophy of Science."  Current Research in the Philosophy of Science.  Ed. Peter Asquith and Fred Suppe.  East Lansing, MI: Philosophy of Science Association, 1979.  84-93.

    • "Lattice of Growth in Knowledge."  Structure and Development of Knowledge.  Vol. 59.  Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.  Ed. Gerard Radnitzky and Gunther Andersson.  Dordrecht: Reidel, 1979.  205-211.

    • "The Nature of Clinical Science."  Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 2 (1977): 20-32.

    • "Quantum Relativity and the Cosmic Observer."  Cosmology, History and Theology.  Ed. Wolfgang Yourgrau and Andrew Breck.  New York: Plenum, 1977.  29-38.

    • "Heisenberg and Radical Theoretic Change."  Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 6 (1975): 113-138.

    • "Logic of Changing Classificatory Frameworks."  Proceedings of International Conference on the Classification of Knowledge.  Ed. Joseph Wojciechowski.  Munich: Verlag Documentation, 1974.  260-274.

    • "Hermeneutics of Experimental Science in the Context of the Life-World."  Philosophia Mathematica 9 (1972): 101-144.  Rpt. in Interdisciplinary Phenomenology.  Ed. Don Ihde and Richard Zaner.  The Hague: Nijhoff 1975.  7-50.

    • "Toward a Hermeneutic of Natural Science."  Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology 3 (1972): 252-60.

    • "Toward a Hermeneutics of Science."  Main Currents 28 (1972): 85-93.

    • "The Logic of Framework Transpositions."  International Philosophical Quarterly 11 (1971): 314-334.

    • "Quantum Logic and Classical Logic: their Respective Roles."  Synthese 22 (1970): 3-33.

    • "Scientific Objectivity and Framework Transpositions."  Philosophical Studies 19 (1970): 55-70.

    • "Logic, Language and Science."  Philosophical Aspects of Scientific Realism.  Ed. Edward MacKinnon.  New York: Appleton, 1970.  260-284. "

    • The Role of Subjectivity in Natural Science."  Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 1969.  185-194.

    • "Horizon, Objectivity and Reality in the Physical Sciences."  International Philosophical Quarterly 7 (1967): 375-412.

    • "Epistemological Realism in Contemporary Physics."  Proceedings of 29th Annual Convention of the Jesuit Philosophical Association.   Ed. Walter Stokes.  East Dubuque, IL: Tel Graphics, 1967.  9-66.

    • Quantum Mechanics and Objectivity: the Physical Philosophy of Werner Heisenberg.  The Hague: Nijhoff, 1965.

    • "A Realist Theory of Physical Science."  Continuum 2 (1964): 34-42.




  • Anthologies:

    • Babich, Babette, ed.  Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, Van Gogh's Eyes, and God: Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001.

  • Selected Individual Works:





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