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Philosophy of Chemistry

Between the Manifest & the Scientific Image

By J. van Brakel
December 2000
Leuven University Press
ISBN: 90-5867-063-5
260 Pages
$47.50 paper original

The author addresses themes in the newly emerging discipline of philosophy of chemistry, with discussions in the philosophy of science on natural kinds, reduction, and chemical laws. Topics include: heritage of Kant, from Hegel to Bachelard, classical philosophy, manifest & scientific image, surfaces, reduction, emergence, causal theory, chemical substances, essentialistic realism, alleged reduction of chemistry, chemical laws & models, modeling in chemical engineering, etc.

Philosophy; Science
Louvain Philosophical Studies, No. 15