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The physicists, the chemists and the pragmatics of explanation.

Hendry, R. F. (2004) 'The physicists, the chemists and the pragmatics of explanation.', Philosophy of science., 71 (5). pp. 1048-1059.

Abstract

In this paper I investigate two views of theoretical explanation in quantum chemistry, advocated by John Clarke Slater and Charles Coulson. Slater argued for quantum-mechanical rigor, and the primacy of fundamental principles in models of chemical bonding. Coulson emphasized systematic explanatory power within chemistry, and continuity with existing chemical explanations. I relate these views to the epistemic contexts of their disciplines.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Quantum chemistry, Physics, Explanation, Reduction, Coulson, Slater.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (73Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/428009
Publisher statement:© 2004 by the Philosophy of Science Association
Record Created:28 Jul 2008
Last Modified:23 Aug 2011 16:25

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