Matter and Space

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Matter and Space

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Discusses what Descartes wanted and how he defended his thesis that materiality equals extension. It tells us why he thought there is no vacuum and how Locke opposed him on this. It discusses the concept of solidity and gives four views of space: vacuum as a bulky nothing, space as a container, a system of relations, a separator. He concludes the chapter with Descartes's account of motion.

Keywords: Descartes; Locke; motion; solidity; space; vacuum

Chapter.  10942 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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