Popper's naturalized approach to the reduction of chemistry

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Sir Karl Popper is one of the few authors to have discussed the reduction of chemistry. His approach consists of what I term naturalistic reduction, which I suggest bears close similarities to the way in which scientists regard reduction. The present article aims to build on Popper's insights into the nature of reduction in science and more specifically to suggest an approach to characterizing a specific sense of the notion of approximate reduction in the context of chemistry. In the course of the discussion, one of Popper's better known passages on the reduction of chemistry is analysed in some detail.
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Eric R. Scerri (2000). Second Response to Paul Needham. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 14 (3):307 – 315.
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