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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy$
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Walter Ott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.001.0001

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‘A Dead Cadaverous Thing’

‘A Dead Cadaverous Thing’

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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Walter Ott (Contributor Webpage)

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In England, ontological mechanism comes under fire. Figures such as Ralph Cudworth and Henry More argue that this ontology is too impoverished to explain such phenomena as cohesion, gravity, the transference of motion, and witchcraft. It is by responding to these problems and to the challenges posed by the top‐down picture of the Cartesians that Locke and Boyle attempt to defend the bottom‐up view.

Keywords:   Ralph, Henry, Locke, Boyle, Cudworth, More, cohesion, gravity

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