Collected Papers on the Philosophy of Chemistry

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This book represents a collection of papers from one of the founders of the new Philosophy of Chemistry. It is only the second single-author collection of papers on the Philosophy of Chemistry. The author is the editor-in-chief of Foundations of Chemistry, the leading journal in the field. He has recently gained worldwide success with his book on the periodic table of the elements titled The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance. This volume provides an in-depth examination of his more philosophical and historical work in this area and further afield.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848161375
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction to the papers     1
Philosophy of Chemistry and the Question of Reduction
The Case for Philosophy of Chemistry, Synthese, (Special Issue on Philosophy of Chemistry), 111, 213-232, 1997     25
Prediction of the Nature of Hafnium from Chemistry, Bohr's Theory and Quantum Theory, Annals of Science, 51, 137-150, 1994     45
Has Chemistry Been at Least Approximately Reduced to Quantum Mechanics? in Proceedings of Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) 1994, D. Hull, M. Forbes, and R. Burian (eds.), 160-170, 1994     59
Reduction and Emergence in Chemistry, in Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) 2006, Philosophy of Science, 74, 2007 (to appear)     71
The Periodic Table, Electronic Configurations and the Nature of the Elements
Has the Periodic Table Been Successfully Axiomatized? Erkentnnis, 47, 229-243, 1997     91
The Periodic Table: The Ultimate Paper Tool in Chemistry, in Tools and Modes of Representation in the Laboratory Sciences, U. Klein (ed.), Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 222, Kluwer Academic Press, Dordrecht, 2001, pp. 163-177     106
Naive Realism, Reduction and the "Intermediate Position", in "Of Minds and Molecules", Bhushan, N., Rosenfeld, S. (eds.), Oxford University Press, New York, 2000, 51-72     121
How Ab Inito is Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry? Foundations of Chemistry, 6, 93-116, 2004, Special Issue Dedicated to S. Rosenfeld, N. Bhushan (Guest Editor)     143
Some Aspects of the Metaphysics of Chemistry and the Nature of the Elements, Hyle, Vol. 11, 127-145, 2005     168
Realism and Anti-Realism, and Educational Issues in Philosophy of Chemistry
Constructivism, Relativism and Chemistry, in Chemical Explanation, Proceedings of New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 998, J. Earley (ed.), New York Academy of Sciences, New York, 2003, pp. 359-369     189
The Recently Claimed Observation of Atomic Orbitals and Some Related Philosophical Issues, Proceedings of Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), 2000, N. Koertge (ed.), Philosophy of Science, 68, S76-S88, 2001     200
Normative and Descriptive Philosophy of Science and the Role of Chemistry, in Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline, D. Baird, E.R. Scerri, L. McIntyre (eds.), Vol. 242 of Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Springer, Dordrecht, 2006, pp. 119-128     214
Index     225
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