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    Eric R. Scerri & Lee McIntyre (1997). The Case for the Philosophy of Chemistry. Synthese 111 (3):213-232.
    The philosophy of chemistry has been sadly neglected by most contempory literature in the philosophy of science. This paper argues that this neglect has been unfortunate and that there is much to be learned from paying greater philosophical attention to the set of issues defined by the philosophy of chemistry. The potential contribution of this field to such current topics as reduction, laws, explanation, and supervenience is explored, as are possible applications of insights gained by such study to the philosophy (...)
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2004). Just How Ab Initio is Ab Initio Quantum Chemistry? Foundations of Chemistry 6 (1):93-116.
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    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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    Eric R. Scerri (1998). Popper's Naturalized Approach to the Reduction of Chemistry. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):33 – 44.
    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 (...)
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). The Failure of Reduction and How to Resist Disunity of the Sciences in the Context of Chemical Education. Science and Education 9 (5):405-425.
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    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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    Eric R. Scerri (1994). Prediction of the Nature of Hafnium From Chemistry, Bohr's Theory and Quantum Theory. Annals of Science 51 (2):137-150.
    The chemical nature of element 72, subsequently named hafnium, is generally regarded as a prediction from Bohr's theory of the periodic system and hence as a prediction from quantum theory. It is argued that both of these views and in particular the latter are mistaken. The claim in favour of Bohr's theory is weakened by his accommodation of independent chemical arguments and the claim in favour of quantum theory is untenable since the prediction is not strictly deductive.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1997). Has the Periodic Table Been Successfully Axiomatized? Erkenntnis 47 (2):229-243.
    Although the periodic system of elements is central to the study of chemistry and has been influential in the development of quantum theory and quantum mechanics, its study has been largely neglected in philosophy of science. The present article is a detailed criticism of one notable exception, an attempt by Hettema and Kuipers to axiomatize the periodic table and to discuss the reduction of chemistry in this context.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1991). The Electronic Configuration Model, Quantum Mechanics and Reduction. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 42 (3):309-325.
    The historical development of the electronic configuration model is traced and the status of the model with respect to quantum mechanics is examined. The successes and problems raised by the model are explored, particularly in chemical ab initio calculations. The relevance of these issues to whether chemistry has been reduced to quantum mechanics is discussed, as are some general notions on reduction.
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  11. Eric R. Scerri (1995). The Exclusion Principle, Chemistry and Hidden Variables. Synthese 102 (1):165 - 169.
    The Pauli Exclusion Principle and the reduction of chemistry have been the subject of considerable philosophical debate, The present article considers the view that the lack of derivability of the Exclusion Principle represents a problem for physics and denies the reduction of chemistry to quantum mechanics. The possible connections between the Exclusion Principle and the hidden variable debate are also briefly criticised.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial 4. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1994). Has Chemistry Been at Least Approximately Reduced to Quantum Mechanics? PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:160 - 170.
    Differing views on reduction are briefly reviewed and a suggestion is made for a working definition of 'approximate reduction'. Ab initio studies in quantum chemistry are then considered, including the issues of convergence and error bounds. This includes an examination of the classic studies on CH2 and the recent work on the Si2C molecule. I conclude that chemistry has not even been approximately reduced.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial 5. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (2):95-98.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial 2. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (2):107-109.
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  16. 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 author (...)
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 12. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):179-182.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (1):107-109.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial 6. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (3):189-194.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Response to Needham. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 13 (2):185 – 192.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 14. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (2):107-111.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 15. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (3):185-188.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 20. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2):119-123.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
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    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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    Eric R. Scerri (1993). Correspondence and Reduction in Chemistry. In S. French & H. Kamminga (eds.), Correspondence, Invariance and Heuristics. Kluwer 45--64.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 25. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (1):1-1.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial 3. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (3):221-223.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (2):107-109.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 11. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (2):93-96.
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    Eric R. Scerri & John Worrall (2001). Prediction and the Periodic Table. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (3):407-452.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 12. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):179-182.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 16. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (1):1-2.
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    Eric R. Scerri, Have Orbitals Really Been Observed?
    The article disputes the recent claim featured in "Nature" magazine and many other science magazines to the effect that atomic orbitals have been observed for the first time. The claim is incorrect in view of the unconvincing nature of the evidence adduced and since atomic orbitals are deemed unobservable in principle by quantum mechanics. In addition, the possible educational drawbacks of this incorrect claim are discussed.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):189-194.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (1):197-199.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 13. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (1):1-6.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 26. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (2):115-117.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 21. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (3):199-202.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 13. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (1):1-6.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 17. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (2):135-136.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (2):107-109.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (3):221-223.
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  47. Eric R. Scerri (2001). The Recently Claimed Observation of Atomic Orbitals and Some Related Philosophical Issues. Philosophy of Science 68 (S3):S76-S88.
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    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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    Eric R. Scerri (2001). Editorial 9. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (3):197-199.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). A Critique of Atkins' Periodic Kindom and Some Writings on Electronic Structure. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (3):295-303.
    This article consists of a critique of the writings of Peter Atkins. The topics discussed include the quantum mechanical explanation of the periodic system, the aufbau principle and the order of occupation of orbitals by electrons. It is also argued that Atkins fails to appreciate the philosophical significance of the more general version of the Pauli Exclusion Principle and that this omission has ramifications in the popular presentation of chemistry as well as chemical education and philosophy of chemistry in general.
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