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Patching Physics and Chemistry Together

Bishop, Robert (2004) Patching Physics and Chemistry Together. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The "usual story" regarding molecular chemistry is that it is roughly an application of quantum mechanics. That is to say, quantum mechanics supplies everything necessary and sufficient, both ontologically and epistemologically to reduce molecular chemistry to quantum mechanics. This is a reductive story, to be sure, but a key explanatory element of molecular chemistry, namely molecular structure, is absent from the quantum realm. On the other hand, typical characterizations of emergence, such as the unpredictability or inexplicability of molecular structure based on quantum mechanics do not characterize the relationship between molecular chemistry and quantum mechanics well either. A different scheme for characterizing reduction and emergence is proposed that accommodates the relationship between quantum mechanics and molecular chemistry and some initial objections to the scheme are considered.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Context, Reduction, Emergence, Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Dr Robert C. Bishop
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1880
    Public Domain: No
    Conference Date: 18-20 November 2004
    Conference Location: Austin, Texas
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1880

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