The semantics of chemical education: constructivism, externalism and the language of chemistry [Book Review]

Foundations of Chemistry 15 (1):103-116 (2013)
Abstract
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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