PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Chemistry as a Source of New Perspectives for the Philosophy of Science (Sponsored by the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry)

Thursday, 3 November 2016
10:45 - 12:15

Piedmont 2 (12th Floor)

Chair: Eric Scerri / Olimpia Lombardi, University of California, Los Angeles / University of Buenos Aires, CONICET

It is a generally accepted view that philosophy of science of the twentieth century was modeled in the image of theoretical physics, a perspective that influenced the manner in which classic topics such as realism, reduction, explanation and modeling have been regarded. More recently the philosophy of biology emerged to challenge this state of affairs. Even more recently, namely in the 1990s, the emergence of the philosophy of chemistry has enhanced this challenge and has widened the approach to those topics. A consideration of chemical theories and practices reveals that the traditional conception of science has been partial and limited. An appeal to chemistry provides valuable new perspectives to our attempts to understand the nature of science.

A Tale of Seven Scientists and a New Philosophy of Science
Eric Scerri, UCLA,
Diagnostics and the 'deconstruction' of models
Grant Fisher, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology,
Lessons from the Baconian Sciences: The Case of Preparative Chemistry
William Goodwin, University of South Florida,
What does quantum chemistry tell us about the relationship between theories and models?
Juan Camilo Martínez, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET),
Hernán Accorinti, Universidad de Buenos Aires,
From Quantum Physics to Quantum Chemistry: Study of a Transformation and Its Consequences against Intertheoretic Reduction
Jean-Pierre Llored, Laboratory SPHERE, University Paris 7, France / Linacre College, Oxford, UK,


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