Using a large number of primary sources, the author challenges the standard view of the corpuscular theory of matter as identical with the mechanical philosophy. He points out that different versions of the corpuscular philosophy flourished in the 17th century. Most of them were not based on the mechanical theory, i.e. on the view that matter is inert and has only mechanical properties. Throughout the 17th century, active principles, as well as chemical properties, are attributed to corpuscles. Given its broad coverage, the book is a significant contribution to both history of science and history of philosophy.
|Series:||International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idï¿½es , #171|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2001|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface. Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. Minima to Atoms: Sennert. 2. Spirit, Chemical Principles and Atoms in France in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century. 3. Chemistry and Atomism in England (1600 to 1660). 4. Robert Boyle's Corpuscular Philosophy. 5. Chemical Theories of Matter in England After 1661. 6. Corpuscular Chemistry in the Last Decades of the Seventeenth Century. Epilogue. Index.