Richard Kirwan's Phlogiston Theory: Its Success and Fate

@article{Mauskop2002RichardKP,
  title={Richard Kirwan's Phlogiston Theory: Its Success and Fate},
  author={Seymour Mauskop},
  journal={Ambix},
  year={2002},
  volume={49},
  pages={185 - 205}
}
  • Seymour Mauskop
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Ambix
  • Abstract First proposed in the early 1780s, Richard Kirwan's phlogiston theory was the most successful enunciation of the English pneumatic approach to phlogiston. Phlogiston was identified with a material substance, inflammable air. In this paper, I explore the nature of Kirwan's theory, its success in the mid-1780s, the unprecedented collective attack on Kirwan's Essay on Phlogiston by Lavoisier and his colleagues, and Kinvan's ultimate abandonment of phlogistic explanation. 
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