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Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science) Paperback – November 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-9048168255 ISBN-10: 9048168252 Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science (Book 242)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006 edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9048168252
  • ISBN-13: 978-9048168255
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,239,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. CALDERON on September 6, 2008
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Very interesting points of view in the study of Chemistry. Useful for teachers and students of Philosophy of science and Methodology of science.
It opens the possibility to find more aspects of philosophy in chemistry.
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