Philosophical Chemistry : Genealogy of a Scientific Field
Bloomsbury Academic 2019/10
248 p. 20 cm
Choice Reviews 2016 April
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2015. Against a monadic and totalising understanding of Science, DeLanda's historicising investigation traces the centrality of divergence, specialisation and hybridisation through the fields and subfields of chemistry.
Philosophical Chemistry furthers Manuel DeLanda's revolutionary intervention in the philosophy of science and science studies. Against a monadic and totalizing understanding of science, DeLanda's historicizing investigation traces the centrality of divergence, specialization and hybridization through the fields and subfields of chemistry. This book creates a model of a scientific field capable of accommodating the variation and differentiation evident in the history of scientific practice. The three chapters deal with one subfield of chemistry in the century in which it was developed: eighteenth-century inorganic chemistry, nineteenth-century organic chemistry, and nineteenth-century physical chemistry. DeLanda proposes a model that is made of three components: a domain of phenomena, a community of practitioners, and a set of instruments and techniques connecting the community to the domain. Philosophical Chemistry will be essential reading for those engaged in emergent, radical and contemporary strands of thought in the philosophy of science and for those scholars and students who strive to practice a productive dialogue between the two disciplines.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Chapter One: Classical Chemistry. A Multiplicity of Cognitive Tools. From Personal to Consensus Practice: 1700-1800. Chapter Two: Organic Chemistry. The Specialization of Cognitive Tools. From Personal to Consensus Practice: 1800-1900. Chapter Three: Physical Chemistry. The Hybridization of Cognitive Tools. From Personal to Consensus Practice: 1800-1900. Chapter Four: Social Chemistry. Conventions, Boundaries, and Authority. Bibliography Index