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    Eric Scerri & John Worrall (2001). Prediction and the Periodic Table. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 32 (3):407-452.
    The debate about the relative epistemic weights carried in favour of a theory by predictions of new phenomena as opposed to accommodations of already known phenomena has a long history. We readdress the issue through a detailed re-examination of a particular historical case that has often been discussed in connection with it—that of Mendeleev and the prediction by his periodic law of the three ‘new’ elements, gallium, scandium and germanium. We find little support for the standard story that these predictive (...)
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    Rom Harré, Paul Needham, Eric Scerri & Alan Chalmers (2010). A Revisionist History of Atomism. Metascience 19 (3):349-371.
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    Eric Scerri (2005). Some Aspects of the Metaphysics of Chemistry and the Nature of the Elements. Hyle 11 (2):127 - 145.
    There is now a considerable body of published work on the epistemology of modern chemistry, especially with regard to the nature of quantum chemistry. In addition, the question of the metaphysical underpinnings of chemistry has received a good deal of attention. The present article concentrates on metaphysical considerations including the question of whether elements and groups of elements are natural kinds. It is also argued that an appeal to the metaphysical nature of elements can help clarify the re-emerging controversies among (...)
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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 Scerri (2000). Realism, Reduction and the “Intermediate Position”. In Nalini Bhushan & Stuart Rosenfeld (eds.), Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry. New York: Oxford University Press 51--72.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial 4. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (1):1-4.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2000). Editorial 5. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (2):95-98.
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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 (2000). Editorial 6. Foundations of Chemistry 2 (3):189-194.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial 2. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (2):107-109.
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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 (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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  14. 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). 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 (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 (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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    Eric Scerri (2006). On the Continuity of Reference of the Elements: A Response to Hendry. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 37 (2):308-321.
    Robin Hendry has recently argued that although the term ‘element’ has traditionally been used in two different senses, (basic substance and simple substance), there has nonetheless been a continuity of reference. The present article examines this author’s historical and philosophical claims and suggests that he has misdiagnosed the situation in several respects. In particular it is claimed that Hendry’s arguments for the nature of one particular element, oxygen, do not generalize to all elements as he implies. The second main objection (...)
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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 (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 (2002). Editorial 12. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):179-182.
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    Eric Scerri (2004). Principles and Parameters in Physics and Chemistry. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1082-1094.
    The paper examines critically some recently published views by Ramsey on the contrast between ab initio and parametrized theories. I argue that, all things being equal, ab initio calculations are indeed regarded more highly in the physics and chemistry communities. A case study on density functional approaches in theoretical chemistry is presented in order to re-examine the question of ab initio and parametrized approaches in a contemporary context.
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  23. 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 (2003). Editorial 15. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (3):185-188.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2003). Editorial 14. Foundations of Chemistry 5 (2):107-111.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
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    Eric Scerri (2008). Editorial 29. Foundations of Chemistry 10 (2):77-78.
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    Eric Scerri (2011). Editorial 39. Foundations of Chemistry 13 (3):171-172.
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    Eric Scerri (2008). Editorial 30. Foundations of Chemistry 10 (3):143-143.
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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 (2002). Editorial 11. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (2):93-96.
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    Eric R. Scerri (1999). Editorial 3. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (3):221-223.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 20. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2):119-123.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 25. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (1):1-1.
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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 (1999). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 1 (1):107-109.
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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 (2001). Editorial. Foundations of Chemistry 3 (1):197-199.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2007). Editorial 26. Foundations of Chemistry 9 (2):115-117.
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    Eric Scerri (2010). Explaining the Periodic Table, and the Role of Chemical Triads. Foundations of Chemistry 12 (1):69-83.
    Some recent work in mathematical chemistry is discussed. It is claimed that quantum mechanics does not provide a conclusive means of classifying certain elements like hydrogen and helium into their appropriate groups. An alternative approach using atomic number triads is proposed and the validity of this approach is defended in the light of some predictions made via an information theoretic approach that suggests a connection between nuclear structure and electronic structure of atoms.
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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 Scerri (2006). Editorial 23. Foundations of Chemistry 8 (2):93-95.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2004). Editorial 17. Foundations of Chemistry 6 (2):135-136.
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    Eric Scerri (2003). Response to Vollmer's Review of Minds and Molecules. Philosophy of Science 70 (2):391-398.
    I present a response to Vollmer's review of the book Of Minds and Molecules, and especially her comments on my own article therein. This provides an opportunity to discuss two central ideas in the philosophy of chemistry. These are the distinction between elements as simple substances (element-1) and elements as basic substances (element-2) and Paneth's proposed intermediate position for philosophy of chemistry. The response also discusses the question of isotopes in relationship to the nature of the elements and their classification (...)
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    Eric R. Scerri (2002). Editorial 10. Foundations of Chemistry 4 (1):1-4.
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    Eric Scerri (2012). What is an Element? What is the Periodic Table? And What Does Quantum Mechanics Contribute to the Question? Foundations of Chemistry 14 (1):69-81.
    This article considers two important traditions concerning the chemical elements. The first is the meaning of the term “element” including the distinctions between element as basic substance, as simple substance and as combined simple substance. In addition to briefly tracing the historical development of these distinctions, I make comments on the recent attempts to clarify the fundamental notion of element as basic substance for which I believe the term “element” is best reserved. This discussion has focused on the writings of (...)
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    Eric Scerri (2011). Editorial 39. Foundations of Chemistry 13 (3):171-172.
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    Eric Scerri (2011). Editorial 39. Foundations of Chemistry 13 (3):171-172.
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    Eric R. Scerri (2005). Editorial 21. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (3):199-202.
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