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What is water
Putnam’s writings have established as philosophical orthodoxy the idea that substance kinds are identified by microscopic structure. The precise nature of the claim is difficult to pin down to aExpand
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The discovery that water is H2O
What are the criteria determining the individuation of chemical kinds? Recent philosophical discussion, which puts too much emphasis on microstructure, seems to presuppose a reductionist conceptionExpand
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Resisting Chemical Atomism: Duhem’s Argument
  • P. Needham
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  • Philosophy of Science
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Late nineteenth‐century opponents of atomism questioned whether the evidence required any notion of an atom. In this spirit, Duhem developed an account of the import of chemical formulas that isExpand
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Temporal Intervals and Temporal Order
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Philosophy of Chemistry
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Nagel's analysis of reduction: Comments in defense as well as critique
Despite all the criticism showered on Nagel's classic account of reduction, it meets a fundamental desideratum in an analysis of reduction that is difficult to question, namely of providing for aExpand
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Compounds and Mixtures
Publisher Summary From a modern point of view, compounds are contrasted with elements of which they are composed, and the two categories combine to give the category of substances. Mixtures, on theExpand
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Duhem's physicalism
Abstract Duhem is often described as an anti-realist or instrumentalist. A contrary view has recently been expressed by Martin (1991) ( Pierre Duhem: Philosophy and History in the Work of a BelievingExpand
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Mixtures and Modality
Some points are made aboutsubstance properties in their role ofintroducing mass terms. In particular, twoconditions of distributivity and cumulativityof mass predicates expressing these propertiesareExpand
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