The Resource The architecture of matter : Galileo to Kant, Thomas Holden

The architecture of matter : Galileo to Kant, Thomas Holden

Label
The architecture of matter : Galileo to Kant
Title
The architecture of matter
Title remainder
Galileo to Kant
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Holden
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A complex of interrelated problems plagued the theory of matter during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: problems concerning matter's divisibility, composition, and internal architecture. Is any material body divisible to infinity? Must we posit atoms or elemental minima from which bodies are ultimately composed? Are the parts of material bodies themselves material concreta? Or are they merely potentialities or possible existents?" "Questions such is these - and the press of subtler questions hidden in their ambiguities - deeply unsettled philosophers of the early modern period. They seemed to expose serious paradoxes in the new world view pioneered by Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. The new science's account of a fundamentally geometrical Creation, mathematicizable and intelligible to the human inquirer, seemed to be under threat. This was a great scandal, and the philosophers of the period accordingly made various attempts to disarm the paradoxes. All the great figures address the issue: most famously Leibniz and Kant, but also Galileo, Hobbes, Newton, Hume, and Reid, in addition to a crowd of lesser figures." "Thomas Holden offers a synthesis of these discussions and presents his own overarching interpretation of the controversy, locating the underlying problem in the tension between the early moderns' account of material parts on the one hand and the programme of the geometrization of nature on the other."--Jacket
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
KIJ
Dewey number
501
Index
index present
LC call number
Q174.8
LC item number
.H64 2004
Literary form
unknown
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
The architecture of matter : Galileo to Kant, Thomas Holden
Publication
Note
Description absed on content as of: October 17, 2006
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-293) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mating horses with griffins: the problems of material structure -- Actual parts and potential parts -- The actual parts doctrine and the argument from composition -- The case for infinite divisibility -- The Kant-Boscovich force-shell atom theory
Control code
ocn223184564
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 305 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191601743
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
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.b20963245
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)223184564
  • oso0191532460
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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