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PHILOSOPHY OF CHEMISTRY:
Synthesis of a New Discipline
Edited by Davis Baird, Eric Scerri, and Lee McIntyre

Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline

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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Springer Netherlands (Hardcover) January 2006, ISBN: 9781402032561

 

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"This collection of nineteen 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

"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

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