What has philosophy to offer to chemistry?

Foundations of Science 3 (1):183-202 (1998)
The paper asks about the reasons for the neglect of chemistry in modern philosophy of science and investigates in how far this science can be the object of an autonomous philosophical reflection. It is argued that from a culturalistic point of view chemistry indeed offers a field of interesting questions ranging from the reconstruction of its epistemological objects to the elucidation of the semantic functions of terms like "atom" or "molecule". It is further argued that the philosophical reflection upon chemistry has important consequences for the didactic, the history and even the ethics of this science, making thus philosophy to a partner of chemistry in fulfilling its purposes in human society.
Keywords abstraction procedure  abstractor(s)  construct(s)  Culturalism  language  life-world  method(ical)  Naturalism  norm(s)  practice(s) predicator(s)  reconstruction  stuff  substance
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009611009965
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