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New book in the Metaphysics of Chemistry

Our very own Jargonium co-editor Vanessa Seifert published her first book in the philosophy of chemistry called Chemistry's Metaphysics.



This book is part of the Cambridge Elements on Metaphysics book series and it is free to download here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/chemistrys-metaphysics/2F8BB8139645B18C6690E759B88B8CF7


The abstract:

The place of chemistry in the metaphysics of science may be viewed as peripheral compared to physics and biology. However, a metaphysics of science that disregards chemistry would be incomplete and ill-informed. This Element establishes this claim by showing how key metaphysical issues are informed by drawing on chemistry. Five metaphysical topics are investigated: natural kinds, scientific realism, reduction, laws and causation. These topics are spelled out from the perspective of ten chemical case studies, each of which illuminates the novel ways that metaphysics of science can be informed by chemistry.

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