Here we see the reason why the mature More could no longer explicate the nature of Hyle in spatial terms: because he now felt that space was much too real to fit the bill of an infinitely unreal first matter. I discuss More’s position in relation to that of other figures of his era, via a close analysis of his critique of Descartes’ theories of place and motion, and his apparent influence on figures like Newton and Locke.


Real Motion Absolute Space Internal Place Prime Matter Imaginary Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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