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The Architecture of Matter: Galileo to Kant

Thomas Holden


Examines the debate in early modern philosophy over the composition and internal architecture of matter, focussing on problems concerning the structure of continua, the metaphysics of parts and wholes, and the individuation of material beings. Are the parts of material bodies actual or potential entities? Is matter divisible to infinity? Do material bodies resolve to atoms? All the leading figures of the period address this cluster of issues, including Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Newton, Hume, Boscovich, Reid, and Kant. Presents a historical and critical study of these discussions, an ... More

Keywords: atoms, composition, continua, divisibility, early modern, individuation, matter, ontology, parts, wholes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199263264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199263264.001.0001


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Thomas Holden, author
Department of Philosophy, Syracuse University
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