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Chemistry in the Philosophical Melting Pot

by Danuta Sobczynska (Volume editor) Pawel Zeidler (Volume editor) Ewa Zielonacka-Lis (Volume editor)
Edited Collection 444 Pages
Series: Dia-Logos, Volume 5

Summary

Chemistry is a natural science which has immensely influenced both the development of technology and of civilization, transforming the world of our everyday life. It is therefore something of a paradox of modern philosophy that it took so long for it to perceive chemistry as an incredibly complex and interesting subject suitable for philosophical discourse. However, from the beginning of the 1990s this discourse has been developing in a most dynamic way creating a veritable melting pot in which various chemical concepts and actions are being blended with philosophical and cultural ideas. The authors of the 22 articles included in the presented volume have taken the opportunity to analyze various components of what may be termed the resulting alloy – the philosophy of chemistry. They discuss in detail the fundamental philosophical, methodological and semiotic aspects characteristic of the theory and laboratory practice of chemistry. They also reveal the alchemical roots of chemistry and its emergence as a modern theoretical and experimental scientific discipline. These issues are examined both from the point of view of professional chemists and from that of the philosophers of science.

Details

Pages
444
ISBN (Book)
9783631524749
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 443 pp., num. fig.

Biographical notes

Danuta Sobczynska (Volume editor) Pawel Zeidler (Volume editor) Ewa Zielonacka-Lis (Volume editor)

The Editors: Danuta Sobczyńska, graduated in chemistry, has Ph.D. in philosophy and is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her main research area is the philosophy of science (including the philosophy of chemistry), philosophy of technics and gender studies (especially regarding women in science). Paweł Zeidler, graduated in chemistry, has Ph.D. in philosophy and is a professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. His interests concern philosophical and methodological problems of the empirical sciences, especially the realism-antirealism controversy and the philosophy of chemistry. Ewa Zielonacka-Lis, has Ph.D. in chemistry and is a researcher in the Institute of Philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is at present especially interested in the problem of explanation and description in modern chemistry and in the philosophy of dialogue.

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