Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Philosophy of Chemistry

Synthesis of a New Discipline

Editors: Baird, Davis, Scerri, Eric, McIntyre, Lee (Eds.)

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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.

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"This seems to indicate that the philosophy of chemistry is still in the process of synthesis, rather than a stable product of disciplinary consensus. … There is material here of interest not just to philosophers, but also those with interests in history and philosophy of science and indeed the study of science and technology more broadly. … for those who are curious, this volume would be a very good place to start seeking illumination." (Grant Fisher, Metascience, Vol. 16, 2007)

“Chapters in this book … discuss chemistry’s historical development; its relations to other sciences; its approaches to explanation, representation, classification, and measurement; and the ways in which issues in chemistry connect with, and shed light upon, larger philosophical questions about how sciences help us make sense of the world we live in. … the philosophical questions, and their clear, careful, and engaging presentation in this book, will be of genuine interest to chemists … . the essays in this volume will be a welcome resource.” (Janet D. Stemwedel, Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 83 (8), August, 2006)

"This collection of 19 papers is the result of a conference organized by the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC) held in 1999. It … will be read as, a landmark in the history of the philosophy of science. … This volume testifies that … chemistry has a philosophy of its own." (Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Nuncius, Vol. XXI (2), 2006)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Aristole’s Theory of Chemical Reaction and Chemical Substances

    Paul Needham

    Pages 43-67

  • Kant’s Legacy for the Philosophy of Chemistry

    J. Van Brakel

    Pages 69-91

  • Normative and Descriptive Philosophy of Science and the Role of Chemistry

    Eric R. Scerri

    Pages 119-128

  • How Classical Models of Explanation Fail to Cope with Chemistry

    Johannes Hunger

    Pages 129-156

  • Professional Ethics in Science

    Jeffrey Kovac

    Pages 157-169

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eBook $219.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy of Chemistry
Book Subtitle
Synthesis of a New Discipline
Editors
  • Davis Baird
  • Eric Scerri
  • Lee McIntyre
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
242
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3261-5
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3261-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3256-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6825-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 362
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