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Descartes on Nothing in Particular

Eric Palmer

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165411.003.0002
Descartes on Nothing in Particular

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This essay examines Descartes's conception of vacuum in the World and the Principles, relating that conception specifically to the natural philosophy of Galileo and Albert of Saxony. It is argued that understanding the historical context helps to explain Descartes's different attitudes toward the impossibility of vacua.

Keywords: Albert of Saxony; body; Descartes; Galileo; Eric Palmer; vacuum

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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