Corpuscularianism
Corpuscularianism is a physical theory that supposed all matter to be composed of minute particles, which became important in the seventeenth century. Among the leading corpuscularians were Pierre Gassendi, Robert Boyle, and John Locke.
Corpuscularianism is similar to the theory of atomism, except that where atoms were supposed to be indivisible, corpuscles could in principle be divided. In this manner, for example, it was theorized that mercury could penetrate into metals and modify their inner structure, a step on the way towards the production of gold by transmutation. Corpuscularianism was associated by its leading proponents with the idea that some of the properties that objects appear to have are artifacts of the perceiving mind: "secondary" qualities as distinguished from "primary" qualities. Corpuscularianism stayed a dominant theory for centuries and was blended with alchemy by early scientists such as Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton in the 17th century.
In his work, The Sceptical Chymist (1661) Boyle abandoned the Aristotelian ideas of the classical elements—earth, water, air, and fire in favor of corpuscularianism. His later work, The Origin of Forms and Qualities (1666), Boyle used corpuscularianism to explain all of the major Aristotelian concepts, marking a departure from traditional Aristotelianism.
The philosopher Thomas Hobbes used corpuscularianism to justify his political theories in Leviathan. It was used by Newton in his development of the corpuscular theory of light, while Boyle used it to develop his mechanical corpuscular philosophy, which laid the foundations for the Chemical Revolution.

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Corpuscularianism (uncountable). (philosophy) The postulate that all physical bodies possess an inner and outer layer of minute particles or corpuscles.
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Roger Ariew, Eric Watkins, 2000
Galileo Galilei, The Assayer (1623), "Corpuscularianism" Rene Descartes, Discourse on the Method for Conducting One's Reason. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in 1564 He studied at the University of Pisa, became lecturer in mathematics ...
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The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity 1210-1685
Stephen Gaukroger, 2009
Why did science emerge in the West and how did scientific values come to be regarded as the yardstick for all other forms of knowledge? Stephen Gaukroger shows just how bitterly the cognitive and cultural standing of science was contested in its early development. Rejecting the traditional picture of secularization, he argues that science in the se...
The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest
The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest
Lawrence M. Principe, 2000
Before leaving the topic of matter theory, we must broach the important subject of Boyle's Corpuscularianism. Some readers might object that the unifying thread of Boyle's chymical thought — a corpuscularian explanatory system — is itself ...
The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760
The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760
Stephen Gaukroger, 2012
Review from other book by this author "a project of breathtaking ambition ... an impressive performance" --Times Literary Supplement"certain to stimulate long and lively discussions among academics of every stripe" -Renaissance Quarterly"a scholarly exploration on a grand scale" --British Journal for the History of Sci...
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Corpuscularianism”. René Descartes, Discourse on the Method for Conducting One's Reason. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa in 1564. He studied at the University of Pisa, became lecturer in mathematics there in 1592, and then lectured at ...
The Cambridge Companion to Locke (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
The Cambridge Companion to Locke (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)
Vere Chappell, 1994
The essays in this volume provide a systematic survey of Locke's philosophy informed by the most recent scholarship. They cover Locke's theory of ideas, his philosophies of body, mind, language, and religion, his theory of knowledge, his ethics, and his political philosophy. There are also chapters on Locke's life and subsequent infl...
Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories
Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories
Christoph Herbert Lüthy, John Emery Murdoch, William Royall Newman, 2001
Locke is easily read as simply fluctuating inconsistently between, on the one hand, treating Corpuscularianism as an hypothesis in natural philosophy which lies outside the scope of his epistemological project (4.3.16) and, on the other, taking ...
A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy
A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy
2007
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Kant and the Early Moderns
Kant and the Early Moderns
Daniel Garber, Beatrice Longuenesse, 2008
In particular, of course, he ought not to commit himself to the truth of Boylean Corpuscularianism as an ac- count of the uncertain philosophical causes of our ideas. Drafts A and B from 1671 are consistent with Locke's declared intention to  ...
Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate
Primary and Secondary Qualities: The Historical and Ongoing Debate
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Temporal Corpuscularianism? | Third Millennial Templar
Suppose that we wanted to maintain that there are Chronons (an A-theorist might want to maintain as much). Now, suppose that we adopt a view according to which Chronons are all differently sized in just the same way that ancient Atomism, and perhaps early modern Corpuscularianism, suggested that atoms of matter came in varying sizes…
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By Daniel Roca Just blackness if blackness can be a memory Ivory pupils Dropped jaw below the steering wheel The weight of bones uncurling across pavement Fracking atoms in a vacuum the way nails rattle in a tube
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The intelligibility of our artifacts suggests to many seventeenth century thinkers that nature works along analogous lines, that the same principles that explain the operations of artifacts explain the operations of ...
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Bethel Philosophy Blog: Locke's "support" for corpuscularian mechanism
The philosophy of body was one of the most controversial issues in the seventeenth-century. It defined who was and was not party to the scientific revolution of the “new sciences.
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An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Analytical Response | jillwe1890
In John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in Book II, Chapters IV and VII, Locke describes how it is necessary to make a distinction between certain qualities that are only embedded in our minds to those that also belong to external objects. He differentiates primary from secondary qualities and fits Corpuscularianism, the 17th century…
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The concept that matter is composed of discrete units and cannot be divided into arbitrarily tiny quantities has been around for millennia, but these ideas were founded in abstract, philosophical reasoning rather than experimentation and empirical observation. The nature of atoms in philosophy varied considerably over time and between cultures and schools, and often had spiritual elements.
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"Mechanical and Iatrochemical Theories in 17th-Century Physiology" University of Sydney Sydney, Australia, 20 February, 2009 In this subtle and well-argued paper, which takes up and develops some of the aspects of his 2000 book, Elements, Principles, and Corpuscles, Antonio Clericuzio...
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