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The Architecture of Matter

Thomas Holden

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263264
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601743 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263264.001.0001

Series: Oxford Aristotle Studies Series

The Architecture of Matter

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Actual Parts and Potential Parts

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 22987 words.

Examines the conflict between the rival metaphysical systems of actual parts and potential parts in early modern philosophy. According to the actual parts system (which foreshadows the...

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The Actual Parts Doctrine and Shortcircuit Arguments

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 16086 words.

According to the actual parts doctrine, all the parts into which a material body can be divided exist as so many independent beings. Various early modern philosophers argued that this...

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The Actual Parts Doctrine and the Argument from Composition

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 16029 words.

According to the actual parts doctrine, material bodies are structured aggregates or composites, compounds built out of the parts into which they can be divided. For various early moderns...

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The Case for Infinite Divisibility

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 12496 words.

Documents and examines the main arguments for the infinite divisibility of space found in the early modern literature (in figures such as Descartes, Hobbes, and Kant). Also surveys the...

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Conclusion

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 2637 words.

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The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 15981 words.

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...

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Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure

Thomas Holden.

in The Architecture of Matter

July 2004; p ublished online January 2005 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy. 33890 words.

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...

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