Book ID: CBB641899548

Philosophical Chemistry: Genealogy of a Scientific Field (2015)


Manuel DeLanda (Author)

Bloomsbury Academic

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 248
Language: English

Philosophical Chemistry furthers Manuel DeLanda's revolutionary intervention in the philosophy of science and science studies. Against a monadic and totalizing understanding of science, DeLanda's historicizing investigation traces the centrality of divergence, specialization and hybridization through the fields and subfields of chemistry. The strategy followed uses a series of chemical textbooks, separated from each other by fifty year periods (1750, 1800, 1850, and 1900), to follow the historical formation of consensus practices. The three chapters deal with one subfield of chemistry in the century in which it was developed: eighteenth-century inorganic chemistry, nineteenth-century organic chemistry, and nineteenth-century physical chemistry. This book creates a model of a scientific field capable of accommodating the variation and differentiation evident in the history of scientific practice. DeLanda proposes a model that is made of three components: a domain of phenomena, a community of practitioners, and a set of instruments and techniques connecting the community to the domain. Philosophical Chemistry will be essential reading for those engaged in emergent, radical and contemporary strands of thought in the philosophy of science and for those scholars and students who strive to practice a productive dialogue between the two disciplines.

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Authors & Contributors
Mainz, Vera V.
Lennartson, Anders
Ziche, Paul
Toshev, B. V.
Suay Belenguer, Juan Miguel
Strom, E. Thomas
Science and Education
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Science
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
University of Chicago Press
Johns Hopkins University
University of Toronto
American Chemical Society
Physical chemistry
Science education and teaching
Philosophy of science
Discipline formation
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Weismann, August
Wald, Franz
Spencer, Herbert
Smith, Alexander
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
21st century
20th century, late
Cracow (Poland)
Prague (Czechia)
United States
University of Chicago

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