The discovery that water is H2O
Abstract: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 conception not motivated by the scientific facts. The present article traces the development of the traditional notion of a substance with the rise of modern chemistry from the end of the 18th century with a view to correcting this speculative distortion.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date: 2002-10-01