The ‘absolute existence’ of phlogiston: the losing party's point of view

  title={The ‘absolute existence’ of phlogiston: the losing party's point of view},
  author={Victor D. Boantza and Ofer Gal},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={317 - 342}
Abstract Long after its alleged demise, phlogiston was still presented, discussed and defended by leading chemists. Even some of the leading proponents of the new chemistry admitted its ‘absolute existence’. We demonstrate that what was defended under the title ‘phlogiston’ was no longer a particular hypothesis about combustion and respiration. Rather, it was a set of ontological and epistemological assumptions and the empirical practices associated with them. Lavoisier's gravimetric reduction… 
Scientific pluralism and the Chemical Revolution.
  • M. Kusch
  • Philosophy
    Studies in history and philosophy of science
  • 2015
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