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Philosophical Chemistry

Philosophical Chemistry

Genealogy of a Scientific Field

by Manuel DeLanda
Paperback
Publication Date: 17/10/2019
  $23.99

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.

The strategy followed uses a series of chemical textbooks, separated from each other by fifty year periods (1750, 1800, 1850, and 1900), to follow the historical formation of consensus practices. 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. This book creates a model of a scientific field capable of accommodating the variation and differentiation evident in the history of scientific practice. 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.

ISBN:
9781474286404
9781474286404
Category:
Philosophy
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
17-10-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
197.87x131.83x18.8mm
Weight:
0.28kg
Manuel DeLanda

Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. He began his career in experimental film, later becoming a computer artist and programmer.

He is Gilles Deleuze Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS, Switzerland and lecturer in Architecture at Princeton University, USA. He is the author of Philosophical Chemistry (2015) and Philosophy and Simulation (2011).

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