Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories

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Christoph Herbert Lüthy, John Emery Murdoch, William Royall Newman
BRILL, Jan 1, 2001 - Science - 610 pages
This volume deals with corpuscular matter theory that was to emerge as the dominant model in the seventeenth century. By retracing atomist and corpuscularian ideas to a variety of mutually independent medieval and Renaissance sources in natural philosophy, medicine, alchemy, mathematics, and theology, this volume shows the debt of early modern matter theory to previous traditions and thereby explains its bewildering heterogeneity. The book assembles nineteen carefully selected contributions by some of the most notable historians of medieval and early modern philosophy and science. All chapters present new research results and will therefore be of interest to historians of philosophy, science, and medicine between 1150 and 1750.
 

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Contents

Alan Gabbey Mechanical Philosophies and their
17
Danielle Jacquart Minima in TwelfthCentury Medical
39
George Molland Roger Bacons Corpuscular Tendencies
57
Charles Lohr Ramon Lulls Theory of the Continuous
75
John E Murdoch The Medieval and Renaissance
91
John Henry Void Space Mathematical Realism
133
Stephen Clucas Corpuscular Matter Theory in
181
William R Newman Experimental Corpuscular Theory
291
Carla Rita Palmerino Galileos and Gassendis Solutions
381
Margaret J Osler How Mechanical Was the Mechanical
423
Explanations
441
Antonio Clericuzio Gassendi Charleton and Boyle
467
Peter Anstey Boyle against Thinking Matter
483
Chymical
535
Bibliography
557
Index of Names
599

Atoms and Causes
331
Honore Fabri
363

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About the author (2001)

Christoph Lüthy, Ph.D. (1965), Harvard, is a Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Natural Philosopy at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands. His publications deal with early modern philosophers and scientists (J.C. Scaliger, Bruno, Basson, Sennert), with theories of matter, microscopy, and scientific imagery.
John E. Murdoch is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he teaches ancient and medieval science and philosophy. Although he has published in medieval Latin mathematics, most of his articles deal with fourteenth-century natural philosophy.
William R. Newman is Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University. He has written numerous articles on medieval and early modern alchemy and matter theory, and his most recent book is Gehennical Fire: The Lives of Georges Starkey. An American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution (Harvard University Press, 1994).