Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry

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Nalini Bhushan, Stuart Rosenfeld
Oxford University Press, 2000 M12 14 - 320 páginas
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 for this emerging field.
 

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INTRODUCTION
3
Autonomy and Antireductionism
15
Missing Elements What Philosophers of Science Might Discover in Chemistry
17
Laws and Theories in Chemistry Do Not Obey the Rules
34
Realism Reduction and the Intermediate Position
51
Instrumentation
73
Substance and Function in Chemical Research
75
Analytical Instrumentation and Instrumental Objectivity
90
Butlerovs Vision The Timeless the Transientand the Representation of Chemical Structure
143
The Nature of Chemical Substances
162
Chemical Synthesis Complexity Similarity Natural Kinds and the Evolution of a Logic
187
Models and Metaphors
209
Models and Explanations Understanding Chemical Reaction Mechanisms
211
How Symbolic and Iconic Languages Bridge the Two Worlds of the Chemist A Case Study from Contemporary Bioorganic Chemistry
230
The Chemical Senses
249
Archiving Odors
251

Structure and Identity
115
Realism Essentialism and Intrinsic Properties The Case of Molecular Shape
117
Space and the Chiral Molecule
129
The Slighting of Smell with a Brief Word on the Slighting of Chemistry
273
Index
291
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