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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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The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory

The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory

(p.236) 6 The Kant–Boscovich Force‐Shell Atom Theory
The Architecture of Matter

Thomas Holden (Contributor Webpage)

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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 particles of matter in terms of diffused fields of force. This model (which is presaged in Henry More's account of extended spirits) constitutes an exceptionally early version of the field metaphysic, and raises a range of philosophical questions about the ontological status of fields, about their structure and occupancy of space, and about action at a distance.

Keywords:   action at a distance, Boscovich, dynamism, field metaphysic, field of force, Kant, matter, More

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