Donald MacCrimmon MacKay (1922 – 1987): Scientist and Accidental Philosopher. A Critical Appreciation.

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Abstract

In this paper I present an overview of the life and work of Donald MacCrimmon Mackay, a distinguished Christian polymath who made significant contributions across a number of domains in science and philosophy in the middle part of the 20th Century, and the centenary of whose birth was in 2022. After a brief biographical sketch, we will review his contribution to theology & science, the main ones of these being: complementarity, an innovative concept relating information and matter, and mind and brain; and logical indeterminism, a proposed solution to the problem of free will and determinism. I hope that this overview will stimulate interest in, and further exploration of, his ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83 - 102
Number of pages20
JournalScience and Christian Belief
Volume36
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Determinism, Free will, Compatibilism, Complementarity, Realism, Logical Indeterminism, Theology & Science

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