Philosophy Of Chemistry: Growth Of A New Discipline by Eric ScerriPhilosophy Of Chemistry: Growth Of A New Discipline by Eric Scerri

Philosophy Of Chemistry: Growth Of A New Discipline

byEric ScerriEditorLee McIntyre

Paperback | September 10, 2016

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This volume follows the successful book, which has helped to introduce and spread the Philosophy of Chemistry to a wider audience of philosophers, historians, science educators as well as chemists, physicists and biologists. The introduction summarizes the way in which the field has developed in the ten years since the previous volume was conceived and introduces several new authors who did not contribute to the first edition. The editors are well placed to assemble this book, as they are the editor in chief and deputy editors of the leading academic journal in the field, Foundations of Chemistry. The philosophy of chemistry remains a somewhat neglected field, unlike the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of biology. Why there has been little philosophical attention to the central discipline of chemistry among the three natural sciences is a theme that is explored by several of the contributors. This volume will do a great deal to redress this imbalance. Among the themes covered is the question of reduction of chemistry to physics, the reduction of biology to chemistry, whether true chemical laws exist and causality in chemistry. In addition more general questions of the nature of organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical synthesis are examined by specialist in these areas.

Eric Scerri was educated at the Universities of London, Cambridge and Southampton. He then obtained a PhD in the History & Philosophy of Chemistry from King's College, London. After postdoctoral fellowships at the London School of Economics and Caltech Scerri joined the UCLA faculty in 2000, where he teaches chemistry, history & philos...
Title:Philosophy Of Chemistry: Growth Of A New DisciplineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:233 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:September 10, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:940240161X

ISBN - 13:9789402401615

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction; Eric Scerri and Lee McIntyre.- Chapter 2: Reduction for a Dappled World: Connecting Chemical and Physical Theories; Hinne Hettema.- Chapter 3: The Ontological Autonomy of the Chemical World: Facing the Criticisms; Olimpia Lombardi.- Chapter 4: A Novel Approach to Emergence in Chemistry; Alexandru Manafu.- Chapter 5: The Methodological Pluralism of Chemistry and Its Philosophical Implications; Joachim Schummer.- Chapter 6: Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Chemistry; Joseph Earley.- Chapter 7: One Substance Or More? Paul Needham.- Chapter 8: Mereological Principles and Chemical Affordances; Rom Harre.- Chapter 9: Metaphor in Chemistry: An Examination of Chemical Metaphor; Farzad Mahootian.- Chapter 10: From Corpuscles To Elements: Chemical Ontologies From van Helmont To Lavoisier; Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino.- Chapter 11: Mendeleev and the Rare-Earth Crisis; Pieter Thyssen and Koen Binnemans.- Chapter 12: Radicals, Reactions, Realism; Klaus Ruthenberg.- Chapter 13: Orbital Symmetry, Idealization, and the Kairetic Account of Scientific Explanation; Grant Fisher.- Chapter 14: Investigating the Meaning of the Ceteris Paribus Clause in Chemistry; Jean-Pierre Llored.