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Was Duhem Justified in not Distinguishing Between Physical and Chemical Atomism?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9771-3469
2017 (English)In: Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science, ISSN 2526-2270, Vol. 2, p. 108-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Chemists in the late nineteenth century were apt to distinguish the theory of chemical structure they advocated as chemical, as opposed to physical, atomism. The failure on Duhem’s part to consider any such distinction in his critique of atomism might be taken to be a lacuna in his argument. Far from being a weakness in his stance, however, I argue that he had good systematic reasons for not taking such a distinction seriously. 

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2017. Vol. 2, p. 108-111
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Pierre Duhem, atomism, caloric, chemistry, thermodynamics
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150270DOI: 10.24117/2526-2270.2017.i2.10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150270DiVA, id: diva2:1166267
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved

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