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Rocco J. Gennaro and Charles Huenemann

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195165411.001.0001

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Descartes on Nothing in Particular

Descartes on Nothing in Particular

(p.26) 2 Descartes on Nothing in Particular
New Essays on the Rationalists

Eric Palmer

Oxford University Press

This essay examines Descartes's conception of vacuum in the World and the Principles, relating that conception specifically to the natural philosophy of Galileo and Albert of Saxony. It is argued that understanding the historical context helps to explain Descartes's different attitudes toward the impossibility of vacua.

Keywords:   Albert of Saxony, body, Descartes, Galileo, Eric Palmer, vacuum

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