Hendry, R. F. (2004) 'The physicists, the chemists and the pragmatics of explanation.', Philosophy of science., 71 (5). pp. 1048-1059.
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.
|Keywords:||Quantum chemistry, Physics, Explanation, Reduction, Coulson, Slater.|
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/428009|
|Publisher statement:||© 2004 by the Philosophy of Science Association|
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|Date deposited:||28 July 2008|
|Date of first online publication:||December 2004|
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