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The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory

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/10.1093/0199263264.003.0006
 The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory

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Examines the early version of dynamism developed (apparently independently) by Boscovich and Kant in the mid‐eighteenth century. Each of these philosophers conceptualizes the fundamental particles of matter in terms of diffused fields of force. This model (which is presaged in Henry More's account of extended spirits) constitutes an exceptionally early version of the field metaphysic, and raises a range of philosophical questions about the ontological status of fields, about their structure and occupancy of space, and about action at a distance.

Keywords: action at a distance; Boscovich; dynamism; field metaphysic; field of force; Kant; matter; More

Chapter.  15981 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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