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How much history can chemistry take?

Lamza, Lukasz (2010) How much history can chemistry take? HYLE--International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry, 16 (2). pp. 104-120.

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Chemistry is typically considered to be a nomothetic science, i.e. science interested in general laws rather than historical facts. Also, the unification of science is usually envisioned as an effort to connect particular scientific disciplines through their laws: e.g. laws of chemistry are derived from the laws of physics. It is however equally sensible to combine the sciences through a single cosmic history and there is a large literature following this direction, albeit rarely focused on chemistry. In the paper some ideas concerning the possible role of a ‘historical’ (or ‘idiographic’) chemistry are presented, with special attention paid to the notion of a ‘genetic’ classification of chemical compounds, and to the counterintuivite proposition that many major branches of physics may in fact be explained by chemistry, not the opposite.


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Lamza, Lukasz
Keywords: philosophy of chemistry; nomothetic and idiographic sciences; astrochemistry; classification of chemical compounds
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Mr. Lukasz Lamza
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 13:59
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 17:52
Item ID: 9950
Journal or Publication Title: HYLE--International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
Official URL: http://www.hyle.org/journal/issues/16-2/lamza.htm
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 2010
Page Range: pp. 104-120
Volume: 16
Number: 2
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9950

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