The philosophy of chemistry has emerged in recent years as a new and autonomous field within the Anglo-American philosophical tradition. With the development of this new discipline, Eric Scerri and Grant Fisher's Essays in the Philosophy of Chemistry is a timely and definitive guide to all current thought in this field. This edited volume will serve to map out the distinctive features of the field and its connections to the philosophies of the natural
sciences and general philosophy of science more broadly. It will be a reference for students and professional alike.
Both the philosophy of chemistry and philosophies of scientific practice alike reflect the splitting of analytical and continental scholastic traditions, and some philosophers are turning for inspiration from the familiar resources of analytical philosophy to influences from the continental tradition and pragmatism. While philosophy of chemistry is practiced very much within the familiar analytical tradition, it is also capable of trail-blazing new philosophical approaches. In such a
way, the seemingly disparate disciplines such as the "hard sciences" and philosophy become much more linked.
Eric Scerri is a chemist, writer, and philosopher of science. He is a lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Grant Fisher is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.