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Dr. Robert Deltete received his
Doctorate from Yale University in 1984 and has been with the Philosophy
Department for over twenty years. He specializes in the history and philosophy
of science, in cosmology, and in relations between science and Christian
theology. Dr. Deltete has taught courses in philosophy of the person, ethics,
logic, philosophy of science and technology, and analytic philosophy. He has
also taught courses on science in the Honors Program at Seattle University.
BooksA Brief Liberal Catholic Defense of
Abortion, with Daniel Dombrowski (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2000).The
Energetics Controversy: Helm, Ostwald, and their Critics. Texts and Commentary.
(Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997). TranslationsThe Historical
Development of Energetics, by George Helm (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999)."Introductory Remarks on the Fundamental Concepts of the Quantum Theory," by
Albert Einstein. American Journal of Physics 61 (October, 1993)."Elementary Reflections on Interpreting the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics,"
by Albert Einstein. Nature 356 (2 April 1992). Journal Articles"Duhem on Natural Classification: A Critical Appreciation," Studies in the
History and Philosophy of Science, forthcoming."Are Quantum Events
Plausible Loci for Divine Action?" Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 32:2
(2001)."Interpreting Einstein-Minkowski 'Spacetime'," Journal of
Philosophy 87 (2001)."Is the Universe Self-Caused?" Philosophy 75
(2000)."Bohr, Einstein, and Separability," Studies in the History and
Philosophy of Science 33 (1998)."Simplicity and Why the Universe Exists,"
Philosophy 73 (1998)."Hartle-Hawking Cosmology and Unconditional
Probabilities" (with Reed Guy), Analysis 57 (1997)."Emerging from
Imaginary Time" (with Reed Guy), Synthèse 108 (1996)."Hawking on God and
Physical Theory," Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 30:4 (1995)."Much
Ado About Nothing: A Critique of Quantum Cosmogenesis" (with Reed Guy),
Perspectives on Science 3:3 (1995)."What Does the Anthropic Principle
Explain?" Perspectives on Science 1:2 (1993)."Planck, Ostwald, and the
Second Law of Thermodynamics," Isis 82 (1991)."Einstein's Opposition to
the Quantum Theory," American Journal of Physics 58 (1990)."Hertz,
Boltzmann, and the Bild Conception of Physical Theory," History of Science 28
(1989). Book Chapters "Energetics," in The Oxford Companion to
the History of Modern Science (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)."Planck's Debt to
Boltzmann," in M. Heidelberger and F. Stadler, eds., History of Philosophy of
Science: New Trends and Perspectives (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002)."Obtenir quelque chose à partir de rien," in E. Gunzig and S. Diner, eds., Le
Vide: Univers du Tout et de Rien (Revue de l'Université de Bruxelles, 1998)."Gibbs and the Energeticists," in A.J. Kox and D. Siegel, eds., No Truth
Except in the Details: Essays in Honor of Martin J. Klein (Kluwer Academic
Publishers, 1996)."Gibbs and Ostwald: A Contrast in Scientific Style,"
Journal of Chemical Education 73:4 (1996).
"Helm on Mach," L'Université de Montréal, 2002."Planck and Boltzmann,"
The Quantum Centennial, Humbolt Universität zu Berlin, 2001."Mach and
Boltzmann," International Boltzmann Conference, Vienna, 2000."Stephen
Hawking's 'Theology'," Center for Theology and Natural Science, Berkeley,
2000."Boldness and Caution in the Theoretical Styles of Bohn and
Einstein," Philosophy of Science Assoc., Cleveland, 1996."Pierre Duhem:
Historian of Medieval Science," History of Science Society, San Diego, 1997."Real Time, Imaginary Time, and Quantum Cosmology," American Philosophical
Association, Chicago, 1995."The Ontological Implications of Bell's
Theorem," Philosophy of Science Association, New Orleans, 1994."Einstein's
Realism," Philosophy of Science Association, Evanston, 1988.
American Philosophical AssociaitonPhilosophy of Science AssociationHistory of Science SocietyInstitute on Religion in an Age of ScienceWest Coast History of Science