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Published: Kem. Ind. 51 (9) (2002) 393–396
Paper reference number: KUI-29/2001
Paper type: Conference paper

The Lavoisier Revolution: Some Philosophical Aspects

M. Akeroyd


The 'Chemical Revolution' initiated by Antoine Lavoisier has fascinated chemical historians and philosophers of science for over two hundred years. The author analyses this event from the perspective of the four major philosophers Kuhn, Popper, Lakatos and Feyerabend, concluding that, if one is selective, various aspects support the position of all four philosophers. The overall conclusion is that 'there is no overall conclusion'.

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philosophy of chemistry, history of chemistry, Lavoisier Revolution