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    Joseph E. Earley (2008). Ontologically Significant Aggregation: Process Structural Realism (PSR). In Weber (ed.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. De Gruyter 2--179.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2005). Why There is No Salt in the Sea. Foundations of Chemistry 7 (1):85-102.
    What, precisely, is `salt'? It is a certainwhite, solid, crystalline, material, alsocalled sodium chloride. Does any of that solidwhite stuff exist in the sea? – Clearly not.One can make salt from sea water easily enough,but that fact does not establish thatsalt, as such, is present in brine. (Paper andink can be made into a novel – but no novelactually exists in a stack of blank paper witha vial of ink close by.) When salt dissolves inwater, what is present is no (...)
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    Joseph E. Earley, Three Concepts of Chemical Closure and Their Epistemological Significance.
    Philosophers have long debated ‘substrate’ and ‘bundle’ theories as to how properties hold together in objects ― but have neglected to consider that every chemical entity is defined by closure of relationships among components ― here designated ‘Closure Louis de Broglie.’ That type of closure underlies the coherence of spectroscopic and chemical properties of chemical substances, and is importantly implicated in the stability and definition of entities of many other types, including those usually involved in philosophic discourse ― such as (...)
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  4. Joseph E. Earley (2006). Some Philosophical Influences on Ilya Prigogine's Statistical Mechanics. Foundations of Chemistry 8 (3):271-283.
    During a long and distinguished career, Belgian physical chemist Ilya Prigogine (1917–2003) pursued a coherent research program in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and related scientific areas. The main goal of this effort was establishing the origin of thermodynamic irreversibility (the ‘‘arrow of time’’) as local (residing in the details of the interaction of interest), rather than as global (being solely a consequence of properties of the initial singularity – the ‘‘Big Bang’’). In many publications for general audiences, he stated the opinion (...)
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    Joseph E. Earley (1991). Mind, Brain and the Quantum. Review of Metaphysics 44 (4):851-852.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2002). The Social Evolution of Consciousness. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 42 (1):107-132.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2005). Science and Partial Truth. Review of Metaphysics 59 (2):413-415.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1986). Evolution and Creation. Review of Metaphysics 40 (2):389-390.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1981). On Applying Whitehead's First Category of Existence. Process Studies 11 (1):35-39.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1998). Modes of Chemical Becoming. Hyle 4 (2):105 - 115.
    In the characterization of the ArCl2 'van der Waals complex', a recognizable pattern of well-defined peaks is observed in the microwave absorption spectrum. In the control of chaos in a chemical oscillatory reaction the power spectrum progressively becomes simpler, at length yielding a single peak. Since both of these cases generate coherences that are centers of agency, they should be considered to produce new chemical entities. Applicability of this ontological approach to coherences of wider societal interest is suggested.
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  11. Joseph E. Earley & International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (2003). Chemical Explanation Characteristics, Development, Autonomy.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2002). Report: Sixth Summer Symposium on the Philosophy of Chemistry, Washington DC, USA, 4-8 August 2002. Hyle 8 (2):141 - 142.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2004). Would Introductory Chemistry Courses Work Better with a New Philosophical Basis? Foundations of Chemistry 6 (3):137-160.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2009). How Chemistry Shifts Horizons: Element, Substance, and the Essential. Foundations of Chemistry 11 (2):65-77.
    In 1931 eminent chemist Fritz Paneth maintained that the modern notion of “element” is closely related to (and as “metaphysical” as) the concept of element used by the ancients (e.g., Aristotle). On that basis, the element chlorine (properly so-called) is not the elementary substance dichlorine, but rather chlorine as it is in carbon tetrachloride. The fact that pure chemicals are called “substances” in English (and closely related words are so used in other European languages) derives from philosophical compromises made by (...)
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    Joseph E. Earley (1985). Order Out of Chaos. Process Studies 14 (3):204-205.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2006). Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Review of Metaphysics 59 (3):636-638.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1981). Self-Organization and Agency. Process Studies 11 (4):242-258.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2012). A Neglected Aspect of the Puzzle of Chemical Structure: How History Helps. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 14 (3):235-243.
    Intra-molecular connectivity (that is, chemical structure) does not emerge from computations based on fundamental quantum-mechanical principles. In order to compute molecular electronic energies (of C 3 H 4 hydrocarbons, for instance) quantum chemists must insert intra-molecular connectivity “by hand.” Some take this as an indication that chemistry cannot be reduced to physics: others consider it as evidence that quantum chemistry needs new logical foundations. Such discussions are generally synchronic rather than diachronic —that is, they neglect ‘historical’ aspects. However, systems of (...)
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    Joseph E. Earley (1986). Explorations in Whitehead's Philosophy. Process Studies 15 (1):68-70.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1998). Metaphysics and the Origin of Species. Process Studies 27 (3-4):352-354.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1987). Evolution as Entropy. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 40 (4):760-761.
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    Joseph E. Earley (2006). Report: Alchemy, Chymistry, and Process. Hyle 12 (2):241 - 241.
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    Joseph E. Earley (1998). Naturalism, Theism, and the Origin of Life. Process Studies 27 (3-4):267-279.
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  24. Joseph E. Earley (2014). Life in the Interstices: Systems Biology and Process Thought. In Spyridon A. Koutroufinis (ed.), Life and Process: Towards a New Biophilosophy. De Gruyter 157-170.
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