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A commentary on Weisberg’s critique of the ‘structural conception’ of chemical bonding.

Scerri, Eric (2022) A commentary on Weisberg’s critique of the ‘structural conception’ of chemical bonding. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Chemical bonding has been described as one of the two big ideas in chemistry in response to some philosophers of physics who deny to the field of chemistry any form of philosophical importance (Scerri, 2020). Molecular structure and bonding are among the most quintessential topics that have been considered by the new wave of philosophers of chemistry that began to make itself known in the mid 1990s. It is therefore essential that such views be subjected to careful consideration in order to advance the burgeoning field further.

The purpose of the present article is to examine a paper on chemical bonding published by Michael Weisberg (Weisberg, 2008) which continues to be cited in philosophical articles about chemical bonding (Seifert, 2022). In addition, I will refer to an earlier article by Robin Hendry that appears to have served as the basis of some of Weisberg’s views on chemical bonding (Hendry, 2008)


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Item Type: Preprint
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Scerri, Eric
Keywords: chemical bonding, molecular structure, quantum chemistry, molecular orbitals, valence bond theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Eric Scerri
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 13:25
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 13:25
Item ID: 20571
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20571

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