Robin Hendry's Research Page

For my biography, research interests and current projects, see my department page.

In preparation





  1. ‘Natural kinds in chemistry’ in Grant Fisher and Eric Scerri (eds.) Chapters in the Philosophy of Chemistry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  2. (With Paul Needham) ‘Aspects of the concept of potentiality in chemistry’ in Kristina Engelhard and Michael Quante (eds.) Handbook of Potentiality (Berlin: Springer, forthcoming)
  3. ‘Immanent philosophy of X’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (forthcoming)
  4. ‘Are chemical kinds natural kinds?’ in Uskali Mäki, Ioannis Votsis and Stéphanie Ruphy (eds.) Recent Developments in Philosophy of Science: EPSA13 Helsinki (Berlin: Springer, 2015), 251-261
  5. ‘The metaphysics of molecular structure’ in Vassilios Karakostas and Dennis Dieks (eds.) Recent Progress in Philosophy of Science: Perspectives and Foundational Problems (Berlin: Springer, 2013), 331-342
  6. ‘Kinetics, models and mechanism’ in Ulrich Gähde, Stephan Hartmann and Jörn Henning Wolf (eds.) Models, Simulations, and the Reduction of Complexity (Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg, Volume 2) (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013), 221-227
  7. ‘Three metaphysical issues in chemistry’ in Jean-Pierre Llored (ed.) Philosophy of Chemistry: Practices, Methodologies, and Concepts (Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2013), 522-539
  8. ‘Chemistry’ (Revised and updated) in M. Curd and S. Psillos (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science, Second Edition (London: Routledge, 2013), 586-596
  9. ‘Chemical substances and the limits of pluralism’ Foundations of Chemistry 14 (2012), 55-68
  10. ‘Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794)’, ‘Linus Pauling (1901-1994)’, ‘Charles Coulson (1910-1974)’, ‘Elements’, ‘Chemical Bond’ and ‘Reduction, Emergence and Physicalism’ in R.F. Hendry, P. Needham and A.I. Woody (eds.) Philosophy of Chemistry (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2012)
  11. ‘¿Hay causación descendente en química?’ in Davis Baird, Lee McIntyre and Eric Scerri (eds.) Filosofia de la Quimica: Sintesis de una Nueva Disciplina (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011)
  12. ‘Philosophy of chemistry’ in Steven French & Juha Saatsi (eds.) The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Science (London: Continuum, 2011), 293-313
  13. (With Michael Weisberg and Paul Needham) ‘Philosophy of chemistry’ in Ed Zalta (ed.) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2011)
  14. ‘Science and everyday life: "Water" vs. "H2O"’ Insights 3 (2010)
  15. ‘Entropy and chemical substance’ Philosophy of Science 77 (2010), 921-932
  16. ‘The chemical bond: structure, energy and explanation’ in Mauro Dorato, Miklós Rèdei and Mauricio Suárez (eds.) EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences: Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Berlin: Springer, 2010), 117-27
  17. ‘Chemistry: emergence vs. reduction’ in Cynthia and Graham Macdonald (eds.) Emergence in Mind (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 205-21
  18. ‘Ontological reduction and molecular structure’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 41 (2010), 183-91
  19. ‘The elements and conceptual change’ in Helen Beebee & Nigel Sabbarton-Leary (eds.) The Semantics and Metaphysics of Natural Kinds (London: Routledge, 2010), 137-158
  20. (With Darrell Rowbottom) ‘Dispositional essentialism and the necessity of laws’ Analysis 69 (2009), 668-677
  21. ‘Two conceptions of the chemical bond’ Philosophy of Science 75 (2008), 909-920
  22. Microstructuralism: problems and prospects’ in Klaus Ruthenberg and Jaap van Brakel (eds.) Stuff: The Nature of Chemical Substances (Würzburg: Königshausen und von Neumann, 2008), 107-120
  23. ‘Chemistry’ in M. Curd and S. Psillos (eds.) Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Science (London: Routledge, 2008), 520-530
  24. (With Stathis Psillos) ‘How to do things with theories: an interactive view of language and models in science’ in J. Brzeziński, A. Klawiter, T.A.F. Kuipers, K. Łastowski, K. Paprzycka, and P. Przybysz (eds.), The Courage of Doing Philosophy (Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2007), 59-115
  25. (With Paul Needham) ‘Le Poidevin on the reduction of chemistry’ British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 58 (2007), 339-353
  26. ‘Elements, compounds and other chemical kinds’ Philosophy of Science 73 (2006), 864-875
  27. ‘Substantial confusion’ Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 37 (2006), 322-336
  28. ‘Is there downward causation in chemistry?’ in Davis Baird, Lee McIntyre and Eric Scerri (eds.) Philosophy of Chemistry: Synthesis of a New Discipline, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Volume 242 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2006), 173-189
  29. ‘Lavoisier and Mendeleev on the elements’ Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2005), 31-48
  30. ‘The physicists, the chemists and the pragmatics of explanation’ Philosophy of Science 71 (2004), 1048-59
  31. ‘Autonomy, explanation and theoretical values: physicists and chemists on molecular quantum mechanics’ in Joseph Earley (ed.) Chemical Explanation: Characteristics, Development, Autonomy: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 988 (2003), 44-58
  32. Filosofia della chimica’ in N. Vassallo (ed.) Filosofie delle Scienze (Torino: Einaudi, 2003)
  33. ‘Chemistry and the completeness of physics’ in A. Rojszczak, J. Cachro, and G. Kurczewski (eds.) Philosophical Dimensions of Logic and Science (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2003), 165-178
  34. ‘Mathematics, representation and molecular structure’ in Ursula Klein (ed.) Tools and Modes of Representation in the Laboratory Sciences, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Volume 222 (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2001), 221-36
  35. ‘Are realism and instrumentalism methodologically indifferent?’ Philosophy of Science 68 (Proceedings) (2001), S25-S37
  36. ‘Molecular models and the question of physicalism’ Hyle 5 (1999), 117-34
  37. ‘Theories and models: the interactive view’ in R. Paton and I. Neilson (eds.) Visual Representations and Interpretations (London: Springer, 1999), 121-30
  38. ‘Models and approximations in quantum chemistry’ in Niall Shanks (ed.) Idealization in Contemporary Physics: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 63 (Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1998), 123-42
  39. ‘Quantum mechanics, experiment and disunity’ Philosophia Naturalis 35 (1998), 153-9
  40. ‘Empirical adequacy and the semantic conception of theories’ in T. Childers, P. Kolár and V. Svoboda (eds.) Logica ‘96: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium (Prague: Filosofia, 1997), 136-50
  41. ‘Realism and progress: why scientists should be realists’ in Roger Fellows (ed.) Philosophy and Technology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 53-72


Short Articles

  1. ‘Antoine Lavoisier’ and ‘Linus Pauling’ in Donald M. Borchert (ed.) Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Second Edition (London: Macmillan, 2006)
  2. ‘Mind over matter: Wolfgang Pauli, author of the exclusion principle’ Chemistry in Britain 36 (11), pp.44-6 (November 2000)
  3. Various articles on quantum and classical physics in A. Bullock and S. Trombley (eds.) The New Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, 3rd Edition (London: Fontana Press, 1999)
  4. (With Nancy Cartwright) ‘Duhem’ and ‘Simplicity’ in T. Honderich (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)
  5. (With Nancy Cartwright and Timothy Childers) ‘Feyerabend’, ‘Lakatos’ and ‘Methodology’ in T. Honderich (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)


Book Reviews

  1. John Cornwell, Explanations: Styles of Explanation in Science, reviewed in Metascience 15 (2006), 287-291
  2. Jaap van Brakel, Philosophy of Chemistry, reviewed in Foundations of Chemistry 7 (2005), 187-197
  3. Joseph LaPorte Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change, reviewed in Philosophical Writings 27 (2004), 71-75
  4. W. Newton-Smith (ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Science, reviewed in Ambix 50 (2003)
  5. (With David J. Mossley) J. L. Aronson, R. Harré and E. Cornell Way, Realism Rescued: How Scientific Progress is Possible, reviewed in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (1999), 175-179
  6. Jed Z. Buchwald, The Creation of Scientific Effects, reviewed in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (1997), 109-112 
  7. H. Collins and T. Pinch, The Golem, reviewed in Public Understanding of Science 3 (1994), 323-324
  8. R. Healey, The Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics: an Interactive Interpretation, reviewed in Mind 101 (1992), 169-171