Acids and Rust: A New Perspective on the Chemical Revolution

Franklin Jacoby discusses the Chemical revolution and the historical disagreement around phlogiston vs oxygen through the lenses of perspectivism. Open Access PDF         Jacoby, F. (forthcoming) Acids and Rust: A New Perspective on the Chemical Revolution, Perspectives on science.  Image: Hand sketch engraving made by Madame Lavoisier in the 18th century featured […]

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Philosophy and the Chemical Revolution after Kant

This chapter addresses some key ideas of Schelling’s philosophy of nature with two main goals in mind. First, it clarifies how in Schelling’s hands, some key aspects of Kant’s philosophy of nature were transformed into a radically new philosophy of nature. Second, the chapter sheds light on some under appreciated aspects of Schelling’s philosophy of […]

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Three tales of scientific success

Success-to-truth inferences have been the realist stronghold for long time. Scientific success is the parameter by which realists claim to discern approximately true theories from false ones. But scientific success needs be probed a bit deeper. In this paper, I tell three tales of scientific success, by considering in turn success from nowhere, success from […]

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