Elements, Principles and the Narrative of Affinity

  title={Elements, Principles and the Narrative of Affinity},
  author={M. Eddy},
  journal={Foundations of Chemistry},
  • M. Eddy
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • In the 18th century, the concept of ‘affinity’, ‘principle’ and ‘element’ dominated chemical discourse, both inside and outside the laboratory. Although much work has been done on these terms and the methodological commitments which guided their usage, most studies over the past two centuries have concentrated on their application as relevant to Lavoisier's oxygen theory and the new nomenclature. Kim's affinity challenges this historiographical trajectory by looking at several French chemists… CONTINUE READING