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MOCELLIN, Ronei Clécio. Style of reasoning and technical-cultural capillary action in the Chemistry of 18th century. Sci. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.13, n.4, pp.759-780. ISSN 2316-8994.

In this paper I will identify a "style of reasoning" that is proper to to Chemistry and to point to the dissemination of its products and concepts. My aim is to explain some elements that characterize the style of thinking and engaging in Chemistry in the second half of the 18th century, its techno-cultural capillary action. The shaping of a chemical style of reasoning originated from the constancy of the techno-epistemic sites in which chemical knowledge is formed. Chemistry is a laboratory science, eminently technical and operative, i.e., it deals with a techno-scientific knowledge stricto sensu. A producer of artifacts, chemical science is inseparable from technique, technology and industry, in such a way that its epistemic identity is inseparable from its history. Its style marks a profound value in the technical culture of the homo faber, the power of acting upon nature and transforming it through manipulations and rearrangements.

Palabras clave : Style of chemical reasoning; Laboratory; Technical-cultural capillary action; 18th century; Academy of Dijon; Technoscience.

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