Why Chemists Need Philosophy, History, and Ethics

  • Joachim Schummer Editor-in-chief of HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry

Abstract

Since many years national and international science organizations have recommended the inclusion of philosophy, history, and ethics courses in science curricula at universities. Chemists may rightly ask: What is that good for? Don’t primary and secondary school provide enough general education such that universities can focus on chemistry alone? Is that only a conservative call back to an antiquated form of higher education? Or do they want us to learn some “soft skills” that can at best improve our eloquence at the dinner table but is entirely useless in our chemical work? The answers depend on what you understand by chemistry, philosophy, history, and ethics.

Author Biography

Joachim Schummer, Editor-in-chief of HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry

Joachim Schummer is Editor-in-chief of HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry since 1995. He graduated both in chemistry and in philosophy and received his PhD and Habilitation with theses on the philosophy of chemistry from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (now KIT). After many years of university teaching in different countries, he became an independent scholar and book author. His last four books (in German) are on nanotechnology, synthetic biology, science in general, and chemistry, each from a philosophical, historical, and ethical point of view.

Published
2018-03-26
How to Cite
Schummer, J. (2018). Why Chemists Need Philosophy, History, and Ethics. Substantia, 2(1), 5-6. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-36
Section
Editorial