Philosophy of Science 75 (5):932-946 (2008)
The covalent bond, a difficult concept to define precisely, plays a central role in chemical predictions, interventions, and explanations. I investigate the structural conception of the covalent bond, which says that bonding is a directional, submolecular region of electron density, located between individual atomic centers and responsible for holding the atoms together. Several approaches to constructing molecular models are considered in order to determine which features of the structural conception of bonding, if any, are robust across these models. Key components of the structural conception are absent in all but the simplest quantum mechanical models of molecular structure, seriously challenging the conception’s viability. †To contact the author, please write to: Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 433 Cohen Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104‐6304; e‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Matter, Structure, and Change: Aspects of the Philosophy of Chemistry.Michael Weisberg & Paul Needham - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (10):927-937.
Hydrogen Bonding: Homing in on a Tricky Chemical Concept.Paul Needham - 2013 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (1):51-65.
The Source of Chemical Bonding.Paul Needham - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 45 (1):1-13.
Similar books and articles
Simple Chemical Reactions in the Solid State: Towards Elaborating a Conception. [REVIEW]A. Korobov - 2005 - Foundations of Chemistry 7 (3):307-314.
Heisenberg's Chemical Legacy: Resonance and the Chemical Bond. [REVIEW]Eamonn Healy - 2011 - Foundations of Chemistry 13 (1):39-49.
Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Design in the Twenty First Century.Mark Eberhart - 2002 - Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):201-211.
Structural Realism: Continuity and its Limits.Ioannis Votsis - 2011 - In Alisa Bokulich & Peter Bokulich (eds.), Scientific Structuralism. Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 105--117.
The Physicists, the Chemists, and the Pragmatics of Explanation.Robin Findlay Hendry - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1048-1059.
Ronald J. Gillespie and Paul L. A. Popelier: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Geometry: From Lewis to Electron Densities. [REVIEW]John E. Bloor - 2002 - Foundations of Chemistry 4 (3):241-247.
The Robust Volterra Principle.Michael Weisberg & Kenneth Reisman - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (1):106-131.
Two Conceptions of the Chemical Bond.Robin Findlay Hendry - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (5):909-920.
A Note on Michael Weisberg's: Challenges to the Structural Conception of Chemical Bonding. [REVIEW]Hinne Hettema - 2008 - Foundations of Chemistry 10 (2):135-142.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads80 ( #65,719 of 2,171,811 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #326,702 of 2,171,811 )
How can I increase my downloads?