An alternative approach to unifying chemistry with quantum mechanics

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Harold Kincaid in Individualism and the Unity of Science postulates a model of unity-without-reduction in order to accurately describe the relation between individualism and macroeconomics. I present this model and apply it to the description of the relation between chemistry and quantum mechanics. I argue that, when it comes to the description of molecular structure, chemistry and quantum mechanics are unified in Kincaid’s sense. Specifically, the two disciplines contribute to the formation of a unified body of knowledge with respect to molecular structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-222
Number of pages14
JournalFoundations of Chemistry
Issue number3
Early online date20 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Unity
  • Supervenience
  • Quantum Mechanics


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