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Robert Boyle (1627—1691) natural philosopher

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The principal explanatory concept in the corpuscularian natural science of Boyle, and thence Locke. Bodies are conglomerates of corpuscles, but the particular way the corpuscles are linked makes the texture of a body, and explains its powers in the rationally satisfying way that the shape of a lock and a key explain the power of the key to fit the lock.

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