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Empirical Support for the Corpuscular Theory in the Seventeenth Century

  • Christoph Meinel
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 195)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the empirical content and experimental foundation of the early seventeenth-century corpuscular hypothesis. Supported by ontological, epistemological, and mathematical arguments, observational and experimental evidence played an important part in creating those patterns of thought that were instrumental in the transformation and, eventually, acceptance of the corpuscular theory of matter.

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Seventeenth Century Experimental Philosophy Active Spirit Simple Distillation Mechanical Philosophy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Meinel
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  1. 1.Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Mathematik und TechnikUniversität HamburgGermany

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