Hyle, or First Matter

  • Jasper Reid
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 207)


The physical universe now gets probed more deeply, via a study of More’s changing views on ‘Hyle’, the mere potentiality of corporeal creation. In a nutshell: in 1646, More felt that the nature of such potentiality could be explicated in terms of an atomised space; in 1662, he felt that it could be explicated in terms of atoms or in terms of space; in 1671, he argued directly against the latter approach and came down firmly in favour of the former.


Empty Space Real Thing Atomic Conception Spatial Conception Internal Place 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jasper Reid
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  1. 1.PhilosophyKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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