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The Concept of Matter

Colin McGinn

in Basic Structures of Reality

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841103
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919529 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841103.003.0002
The Concept of Matter

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This chapter develops a theory of the nature of matter and space, which offers an interpretation of physics that is driven largely by philosophical concerns. It draws on the work of Descartes and Locke on extension and impenetrability. Philosophical theory is used to examine some basic concepts and the principles of physics. The chapter concludes by considering the question of why the reality of space internal to continuous matter does not concern physicists more.

Keywords: physics; philosophy; space; matter; Descartes; Locke; metaphysics; extension; impenetrability

Chapter.  25599 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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