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The Physicists, the Chemists and the Pragmatics of Explanation

Hendry, Robin (2003) The Physicists, the Chemists and the Pragmatics of Explanation. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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In this paper I investigate two views of theoretical explanation in quantum chemistry, advocated by John Clarke Slater and Charles Coulson. Slater argued for quantum-mechanical rigour, and the primacy of fundamental principles in models of chemical bonding. Coulson emphasised systematic explanatory power within chemistry, and continuity with existing chemical explanations. I relate these views to the epistemic contexts of their disciplines.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Hendry, Robin
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Depositing User: Robin Hendry
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1206
Public Domain: No
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1206

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