- Faculty, University of Auckland
- PhD, University of Groningen, 2012.
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I am an honorary research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, and have completed a PhD in theoretical chemistry (Nijmegen, 1993) and Philosophy (Groningen, 2012).
My philosophical interests lie mainly in the Philosophy of Chemistry and general Philosophy of Science. One of the principles guiding my approach to philosophy is that actual scientific disciplines are generally the best guides to the development of their philosophy. As a result, my work straddles the boundary between actual science and philosophy of science; working with current theories in a relatively advanced form, but at the same time aiming for philosophical robustness. The key principle is that the care with which scientific theories are generally formulated needs to be equally applied in the philosophical analyses of these theories if the results are to hold up over time.
My current research projects include the completion of a book about the Tractarian view of theories, exploring how the Tractarian view on the one hand derives from developments in nineteenth century mechanics, and how it has influenced the thinking of the early Vienna Circle on theoretical terms and operationalism. The title of this work is 'Wittgenstein on Natural Science'.
I do not get paid anything to do the research that I do and intend to keep things that way. I work as an IT solutions architect, focusing on infrastructure security. I consider myself primarily an independent scholar ('indie').
- Hinne Hettema (2013). Austere Quantum Mechanics as a Reductive Basis for Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry 15 (3):311-326.
- Hinne Hettema (2013). Olga Pombo, Juan Manuel Torres, John Symons, and Shadid Rahman, Eds. , Special Sciences and the Unity of Science . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (4):315-317.
- Hinne Hettema (2013). QTAIM as a Research Programme: A Reply to Shahbazian. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 15 (3):335-341.
- Hinne Hettema (2012). Reducing Chemistry to Physics: Limits, Models, Consequences. Createspace.
- Hinne Hettema (2012). The Unity of Chemistry and Physics: Absolute Reaction Rate Theory. Hyle 18 (2):145 - 173.
- Hinne Hettema (2009). Explanation and Theory Formation in Quantum Chemistry. Foundations of Chemistry 11 (3):145-174.
- Hinne Hettema (2008). A Note on Michael Weisberg's: Challenges to the Structural Conception of Chemical Bonding. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 10 (2):135-142.
- Hinne Hettema (2008). Is Quantum Chemistry a Degenerating Research Programme? Logic and Philosophy of Science 6 (1):3-23.
- Hinne Hettema (2000). Quantum Chemistry: Classical Scientific Papers. World Scientific.
- H. Hettema (1995). Bohr's Theory of the Atom 1913-1923: A Case Study in the Progress of Scientific Research Programmes. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 26 (3):307-323.
- Hinne Hettema & Theo A. F. Kuipers (1995). Sommerfeld's Atombau: A Case of Potential Truth Approximation. In Cognitive Patterns in Science and Common Sense: Groningen Studies in Philosophy of Science, Logic and Epistemology.
- Hinne Hettema (1988). Mendeleev's Periodic Table: Some Remarks on its Reduction. In Proceedings of the 13 Th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Hpt.
- Hinne Hettema & Theo A. F. Kuipers (1988). The Periodic Table — its Formalization, Status, and Relation to Atomic Theory. Erkenntnis 28 (3):387-408.
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