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Reduction and Emergence in Chemistry - Two Recent Approches.

Scerri, Eric R. (2006) Reduction and Emergence in Chemistry - Two Recent Approches. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Two articles on the reduction of chemistry are examined. The first, by McLaughlin, claims that chemistry is reduced to physics and that there is no evidence for emergence or for downward causation between the chemical and the physical level. In a more recent article Le Poidevin maintains that his combinatorial approach provides grounding for the ontological reduction of chemistry and also circumvents some limitations in the physicalist program. In examining the scientific issues that each author has discussed the present author finds some shortcomings in both of these approaches.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: A shorter version of this paper was presented at PSA 06 in Vancouver. The paper has subsequently been accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science.
    Keywords: chemistry, reduction, emergence
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Eric Scerri
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 3057
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3057

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