Foundations of Chemistry 16 (3):181-192 (2014)

The many-faced relationship between chemistry and physics is one of the most discussed topics in the philosophy of chemistry. In his recent book Reducing Chemistry to Physics. Limits, Models, Consequences, Hinne Hettema conceives this relationship as a reduction link, and devotes his work to defend this position on the basis of a “naturalized” concept of reduction. In the present paper I critically review three kinds of issues stemming from Hettema’s argumentation: philosophical, scientific and methodological
Keywords Ontological reduction  Quantum mechanics  Quantum chemistry  Molecular shape  Unity of science
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DOI 10.1007/s10698-013-9197-x
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