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The Architecture of MatterGalileo to Kant$
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Thomas Holden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199263264.001.0001

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Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure

Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure

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(p.1) 1 Mating Horses with Griffins: the Problems of Material Structure
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The Architecture of Matter
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DOI:10.1093/0199263264.003.0001

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 paradoxes, and maps the various period responses to these problems. The paradoxes bring out the tension between infinite divisibility and the early moderns’ ontology of actual parts, or so the author argues.

Keywords:   Bayle early modern, Hume, infinite divisibility, Kant, Leibniz, matter, ontology, paradoxes, parts

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