Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 127–144 | Cite as

Molecules and mereology

  • Rom HarréEmail author
  • Jean-Pierre Llored


This paper widens the scope of our previous paper (Harré and Llored in Found Chem 13:63–76, 2011) by scrutinizing how whole/parts relations are involved in the study of molecules. In doing so, we point out two mereological fallacies which endanger both philosophical and chemical inferences. We also further explore how the concept of affordance is related to our mereological investigation. We then refer to quantum chemistry in order to pave the way for a new mereological approach for chemistry.


Whole Parts Quantum chemistry Mereological fallacies Affordances Ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Ecole Polytechnique CREAParisFrance

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