On Some Features of the Scientific Hylorealistic Background of Crystal Chemistry

Mεtascience: Scientific General Discourse 2:96-128 (2022)
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Abstract

In this paper, we try to understand how Bunge’s scientific hylorealism can fit with several crystal chemistry’s objects and their properties. It is found that many of them, lying at the very core of this discipline, bring support to ontologi-cal emergentism. Building units, such as vacancies, their chemical potential, the crystal quantum number and many aspects of the spectroscopic properties of 4f electrons in ionic crystals, are presented as striking examples of emergent (or submergent) objects or properties encountered in the single crystalline state. Among all the types of building

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