Essay: Philosophy of Chemistry

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[. . .] Chemistry has been originally viewed by the philosopher as having been reduced to mere physics thereby holding no interest fundamentally however, those misconceptions are presently being examined and reflected upon. Models and methodology of chemistry research are also being critically examined as well as is the realism in relation to chemistry and the scientific terms utilized. Molecular structure is also undergoing critical analysis and as indicated in the work of Scerri molecular structure is held as a mere metaphor with no objective reality at the quantum mechanical level. These are only some of the aspects of chemistry that are presently being questioned by philosopher and chemists alike in the search for meaning behind the philosophy of chemistry in today's science community.


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Scerri, ER and McIntyre, L (2000) The Case for the Philosophy of Chemistry. Retrieved from:

Schummer, J. (2006) Philosophy of Chemistry. in: Donald M. Borchert (ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Second Edition,…

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