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Title:
Of minds and molecules : new philosophical perspectives on chemistry
Author:
Bhushan, Nalini.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xvi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Missing elements : what philosophers of science might discover in chemistry / Andrea Woody, Clark Glymour -- "Laws" and "theories" in chemistry do not obey the rules / Maureen Christie, John R. Christie -- Realism, reduction, and the "intermediate position" / Eric R. Scerri -- Substance and function in chemical research / Daniel Rothbart -- Analytical instrumentation and instrumental objectivity / Davis Baird -- Realism, essentialism, and intrinsic properties : the case of molecular shape / Jeffry L. Ramsey -- Space and the chiral molecule / Robin Le Poidevin -- Bulterov's vision : the timeless, the transient, and the representation of chemical structure / Steve J. Weininger -- The nature of chemical substances / Jaap Van Brakel -- Chemical synthesis : complexity, similarity, natural kinds, and the evolution of a "logic" / Stuart Rosenfeld, Nalini Bhushan -- Models and explanations : understanding chemical reaction mechanisms / Barry K. Carpenter -- How symbolic and iconic languages bridge the two worlds of the chemist : a case study from contemporary bioorganic chemistry / Emily R. Grosholz, Roald Hoffmann -- Archiving odors / Thomas Hellman Morton -- The slighting of smell (with a brief word on the slighting of chemistry) / William G. Lycan.
ISBN:
9780195128345
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Of Minds and Molecules is the first anthology devoted exclusively to work in the philosophy of chemistry. The essays, written by both chemists and philosophers, adopt distinctive philosophical perspectives on chemistry and collectively offer both a conceptualization of and a justification forthis emerging field.


Author Notes

Stuart Rosenfeld and Nalini Bhushan are both at Smith College.