The semantics of chemical education: constructivism, externalism and the language of chemistry [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Foundations of Chemistry 15 (1):103-116 (2013)
In this paper we present a semantic analysis of the application of didactic constructivism to chemical education. We show that the psychological basis of constructivism yield, when applied to chemistry, an internalist semantics for the chemical names. Since these names have been presented as typical examples of an externalism for kind terms, a fundamental incompatibility ensues. We study this situation, to conclude that it affects chemical education at every level. Finally, we present a preliminary analysis of this problem from the point of view of physics.
|Keywords||Semantic externalism Semantic internalism Kind terms Chemical nomenclature Chemical education Hilary Putnam Reduction|
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B. D. Ellis (2001). Scientific Essentialism. Cambridge University Press.
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