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John Locke and Natural Philosophy$
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Peter R. Anstey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.001.0001

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Corpuscular pessimism

Corpuscular pessimism

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(p.31) 2 Corpuscular pessimism
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John Locke and Natural Philosophy
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0003

This chapter argues that it is Locke's view that it is unlikely in the extreme that we shall ever come to know the determinate qualities of the corpuscles that make up material bodies. It is shown that Locke held this view in the early drafts of the Essay of 1671, and that this problem shaped many of his views on the correct method of natural philosophy.

Keywords:   Anatomia, corpuscles, De arte medica, drafts of the Essay, scepticism

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