Reduction and abduction in chemistry-a response to Scerri

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Eric Scerri has proposed an account of how reduction might be understood in chemistry. He claims to build on a general aspect of Popper's views which survives his otherwise heavy criticism, namely adherence to actual scientific practice. This is contrasted with Nagel's conception, which Scerri takes to be the philosopher's standard notion. I argue that his proposal, interesting though it is, is not so foreign to ideas in the tradition within which Nagel wrote as Scerri would have us believe. Moreover, actual scientific practice can be commandeered in support of a holistic conception which Popper contrasted with what he saw as the admirable strivings towards reduction in science.
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Carl A. Hempel (1983). Studies in the Logic of Confirmation. In Peter Achinstein (ed.), The Concept of Evidence. Oxford University Press. 1-26.

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Paul Needham (2000). Reduction in Chemistry - a Second Response to Scerri. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):317 – 323.
Eric R. Scerri (2000). Second Response to Paul Needham. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):307 – 315.
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