Synthese

, Volume 111, Issue 3, pp 213–232 | Cite as

THE CASE FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF CHEMISTRY

  • Eric R. Scerri
  • Lee McIntyre

Abstract

The philosophy of chemistry has been sadly neglected by most contempory literature in the philosophy of science. This paper argues that this neglect has been unfortunate and that there is much to be learned from paying greater philosophical attention to the set of issues defined by the philosophy of chemistry. The potential contribution of this field to such current topics as reduction, laws, explanation, and supervenience is explored, as are possible applications of insights gained by such study to the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of social science.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric R. Scerri
    • 1
  • Lee McIntyre
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionColgate UniversityHamiltonU.S.A
  2. 2.Division of Humanities and Social SciencesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaU.S.A

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