Foundations of Chemistry

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 181–192

Linking chemistry with physics: arguments and counterarguments


DOI: 10.1007/s10698-013-9197-x

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Lombardi, O. Found Chem (2014) 16: 181. doi:10.1007/s10698-013-9197-x


The many-faced relationship between chemistry and physics is one of the most discussed topics in the philosophy of chemistry. In his recent book Reducing Chemistry to Physics. Limits, Models, Consequences, Hinne Hettema (Reducing chemistry to physics. Limits, models, consequences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 2012) conceives this relationship as a reduction link, and devotes his work to defend this position on the basis of a “naturalized” concept of reduction. In the present paper I critically review three kinds of issues stemming from Hettema’s argumentation: philosophical, scientific and methodological.


Ontological reduction Quantum mechanics Quantum chemistry Molecular shape Unity of science 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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