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The Philosophy of Chemistry
The Image of Chemistry
The Goals of the Book
The Structure of the Book
Chemical versus Natural
Chemistry in Literature
Silent Spring
Abundance and Waste
Courting Disaster
Artificial or Natural?
Magicians or Charlatans
In Defense of Artifice
Faustian Ambitions
From Extracts to Ersatz
Pure and Applied Chemistry
Artefacts as Hybrids of Nature and Society
Chemical Recipe Books
A Space of Toil
Seeing at a Glance
A Purified Space
A Social Space
Chemical Experiment as Public Spectacle
Instruments of Decision
The Power of Scepticism
The Price of Proof
The Limits of Proof
The Different Meanings of Synthesis
From Simple to Complex
From Fictions to Artefacts
A Creative Process
The Ancient Concept of Phusis
Atoms versus Elements; Two Rival Systems
Is Chemistry Aristotelian?
The Aporia of the Mixt
Mixts or Compounds, Stahl or Lavoisier
A Vexing Question
To Each Science Its Ontology
No Matter Without Qualities
No Matter Without Agency
Mendeleev’s Wager
Renewing Mendeleev’s Wager
Who’s Afraid of Reductionism?
Between the Macro and the Micro
A Variety of Positivisms
Chemistry as the Model for Positive Science
Positivism as an Obstacle?
Positivism versus Realism
Writing Formulae
Types and Models
Agnostic Atomism
Atoms as Mediators
The Phenomenalist Response
The Instrumentalist Response
The Energetist Response
Elements as Actors
Operational Realism
Alternative Metaphors
Bottom-Up versus Top-Down
Rational Design
Bio-Inspired Chemistry
The Return of Chemistry’s Faustian Ambitions
The Rise of Chemistry’s Philosophical Ambitions
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Bensaude Chemistry the Impure Science

Bensaude Chemistry the Impure Science

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