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  1. Eric R. Scerri (2012). A Critique of Weisberg's View on the Periodic Table and Some Speculations on the Nature of Classifications. Foundations of Chemistry 14 (3):275-284.
    This article carefully analyzes a recent paper by Weisberg in which it is claimed that when Mendeleev discovered the periodic table he was not working as a modeler but instead as a theorist. I argue that Weisberg is mistaken in several respects and that the periodic table should be regarded as a classification, not as a theory. In the second part of the article an attempt is made to elevate the status of classifications by suggesting that they provide a form (...)
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  2. Eric R. Scerri (2012). Editorial 40. Foundations of Chemistry 14 (1):1-2.
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  3. Eric R. Scerri (2008). Editorial 28. Foundations of Chemistry 10 (1):1-2.
  4. Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 25. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (1):1-1.
  5. Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 26. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (2):115-117.
  6. Eric R. Scerri (2007). Reduction and Emergence in Chemistry—Two Recent Approaches. Philosophy of Science 74 (5):920-931.
    Two articles on the reduction of chemistry are examined. The first, by McLaughlin, claims that chemistry is reduced to physics and that there is no evidence for emergence or for downward causation between the chemical and the physical level. In a more recent article Le Poidevin maintains that his combinatorial approach provides grounding for the ontological reduction of chemistry and also circumvents some limitations in the physicalist program. In examining the scientific issues that each author has discussed the present (...)
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  7. Eric R. Scerri (2007). The Ambiguity of Reduction. Hyle 13 (2):67 - 81.
    I claim that the question of whether chemistry is reduced to quantum mechanics is more ambiguous and multi-faceted than generally supposed. For example, chemistry appears to be both reduced and not reduced at the same time depending on the perspective that one adopts. Similarly, I argue that some conceptual issues in quantum mechanics are ambiguous and can only be laid to rest by embracing paradox and ambiguity rather than regarding them as obstacles to be overcome. Recent work in the reduction (...)
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  8. Davis Baird, Eric R. Scerri & Lee C. McIntyre (eds.) (2006). Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline. Springer.
    This comprehensive volume marks a new standard in scholarship in the still emerging field of the philosophy of chemistry. With selections drawn from a wide range of scholarly disciplines, philosophers, chemists, and historians of science here converge to ask some of the most fundamental questions about the relationship between philosophy and chemistry. What can chemistry teach us about longstanding disputes in the philosophy of science over such issues as reductionism, autonomy, and supervenience? And what new issues may chemistry bring to (...)
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  9. Eric R. Scerri (2006). Commentary on Allen & Kinght's Response to the Löwdin chAllenge. Foundations of Chemistry 8 (3):285-292.
    This commentary provides a critical examination of a recent article by Allen and Knight in which the authors claim to provide the long-sought explanation for the Madelung, or n + ℓ, n rule for the order of orbital filling in many-electron atoms. It is concluded that the explanation is inadequate for several reasons.
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  10. Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 20. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2):119-123.
  11. Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 21. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (3):199-202.
  12. Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 19 Special Issue on Philosophical Problems of Chemical Kinds. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (1):1-4.
  13. Eric R. Scerri (2005). On the Formalization of the Periodic Table. Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 84 (1):191-210.
    A critique is given of the attempt by Hettema and Kuipers to formalize the periodic table. In particular I dispute their notions of identifying a naïve periodic table with tables having a constant periodicity of eight elements and their views on the different conceptions of the atom by chemists and physicists. The views of Hettema and Kuipers on the reduction of the periodic system to atomic physics are also considered critically.
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  14. Eric R. Scerri (2005). Response to Barnes's Critique of Scerri and Worrall. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (4):813-816.
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  15. Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 18. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (3):199-201.
  16. Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 16. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (1):1-2.
  17. Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 17. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (2):135-136.
  18. Eric R. Scerri (2004). Just How Ab Initio is Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry? Foundations of Chemistry 6 (1):93-116.
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  19. Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 14. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (2):107-111.
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  20. Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 15. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (3):185-188.
  21. Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 13. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (1):1-6.
  22. Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
  23. Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 11. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (2):93-96.
  24. Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 12. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):179-182.
  25. Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (3):197-199.
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  26. Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial 8 – Special Issue on the Periodic System of the Elements. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (2):97-104.
  27. Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial 7. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (1):1-5.
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  28. Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial 9. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (3):197-199.
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  29. Eric R. Scerri (2001). The Recently Claimed Observation of Atomic Orbitals and Some Related Philosophical Issues. Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2001 (3):S76-.
    The main thrust of the paper involves a theoretical and philosophical analysis of the claim made in September 1999 that atomic orbitals have been directly imaged for the first time. After a brief account of the recent claims the paper reviews the development of the orbit and later orbital concepts and analyzes the theoretical status of atomic orbitals. The conclusion is that contrary to these claims, atomic orbitals have not in fact been observed. The non-referring nature of modern atomic orbitals (...)
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