The need for the historical understanding of nature in physics and chemistry

Foundations of Chemistry 9 (1):65-84 (2007)
During the last decades the physico-chemical conception of self-organization of chemical systems has been created. The chemical systems in natural-historical processes do not have any creator: they rise up from irreversible processes by self-organization. The issue of self-organization in physics has led to a new interpretation of the laws of nature. As Ilya Prigogine has shown, they do not express certainties but possibilities and describe a world that must be understood in a historical way. In the new philosophical understanding of nature priority is not ascribed to any single type or level of entity, but to historical processes, to processes of endless generation and change.
Keywords self-organization  conceptual systems  laws  time’s arrow  history
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DOI 10.1007/s10698-006-9018-6
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