Eric Scerri - Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline

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  Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, volume 242,   Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2006



          This comprehensive volume marks a new  standard in           scholarship in the still emerging field of the philosophy           of  chemistry. With selections drawn from a wide           range of scholarly  disciplines, philosophers,           chemists, and historians of science here  converge           to ask some of the most fundamental questions about           the  relationship between philosophy and chemistry.           What can chemistry teach  us about longstanding           disputes in the philosophy of science over such            issues as reductionism, autonomy, and supervenience? And           what new issues  may chemistry bring to the           forefront now that it has joined physics and            biology as a serious topic for philosophical reflection?           This newest  addition to the prestigious Boston           Studies in the Philosophy of Science  series marks           the true arrival of philosophy of chemistry within           the  corpus of the philosophy of science.        


        Content Level » Research      


        Related subjects »      Chemistry        -             Epistemology & Philosophy of Science     


        Table of contents      


            Section 1. Chemistry and the Philosophy of              Chemistry.- 1. Davis Baird, Lee McIntyre, Eric Scerri,             By Way of an  Introduction: The Overwhelming             Invisibility of Chemistry.- 2. Joachim  Schummer,             The Philosophy of Chemistry: From Infancy Toward             Maturity.-
            Section  2. Chemistry and the History and             Philosophy of Science.- 3. Paul  Needham,             Aristotle's Theory of Chemical Reaction and             Chemical  Substances.- 4. Jaap van Brakel, Kant's             Legacy for the Philosophy of  Chemistry.-
            Section 3. Chemistry and Current Philosophy of             Science.-  5. Otto Ted Benfey, The Conceptual             Structure of the Sciences:  Reemergence of the             Human Dimension.- 6. Eric Scerri, Normative and              Descriptive Philosophy of Science and the Role of             Chemistry.- 7.  Johannes Hunger, How Classical             Models of Explanation Fail to Cope with  Chemistry             The Case of Molecular Modeling.- 8. Jeffrey             Kovac,  Professional Ethics in Science.-
            Section 4. Chemistry and Physics.-  9. Robin             Hendry, Is There Downward Causation in Chemistry?.- 10.             G.K.  Vemulapalli, Physics in the Crucible of             Chemistry.-
            Section 5.  Chemical Theory and Foundational             Questions.- 11. Joseph Early, Some  Philosophical             Implications of Chemical Symmetry.- 12. Ray Hefferlin,             The  Periodic Systems of Molecules:             Presuppositions, Problems and  Prospects.- 13.             Jack Woodyard, A New Paradigm for Schrödinger and             Kohn.- 
            Section 6. Chemistry and its Tools of Representation.-             14. Ann  Johnson, Virtual Tools: The             Epistemological and Social Issues  Computer-Aided             Chemical Process Design.- 15. Sara Vollmer, Space             in  Molecular Representations; Or How Pictures             Represent Objects.- 16.  Daniel Rothbart and John             Schreifels, Visualizing Instrumental Techniques              of Surface Chemistry.-
            Section 7. Chemistry and Ontology.- 17. Nalini Bhushan,             Are Chemical Kinds Natural Kinds?.- 18. Michael             Weisberg, Water is Not H2O.- 19. Alfred             Nordmann, From Metaphysics to Metachemistry.          


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