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Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure

Thomas Holden

in The Architecture of Matter

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263264
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601743 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263264.003.0001
Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure

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As figures such as Hume, Bayle, Leibniz, and Kant emphasized, an array of paradoxes threatened early modern accounts of the structure of matter. Presents an organizing survey of these paradoxes, and maps the various period responses to these problems. The paradoxes bring out the tension between infinite divisibility and the early moderns’ ontology of actual parts, or so the author argues.

Keywords: Bayle early modern; Hume; infinite divisibility; Kant; Leibniz; matter; ontology; paradoxes; parts

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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