Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 57-63

First online:

The Emergence of the Philosophy of Chemistry

  • Lee McIntyreAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University

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After a long period of neglect, the philosophy of chemistry is slowly being recognized as a newly emerging branch of the philosophy of science. This paper endorses and defends this emergence given the difficulty of reducing all of the philosophical problems raised by chemistry to those already being considered within the philosophy of physics, and recognition that many of the phenomena in chemistry are “epistemologically emergent”.