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The Corpuscular Theory of Daniel Sennert and Its Sources

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the corpuscular theory of Daniel Sennert and its sources. The chapter focuses mainly on Sennert's early publications, leading up to and including his first atomist manifesto ... More


The Interplay of Structure and Essence in Sennert's Corpuscular Theory

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The empirical character of Sennert's atomism reveals itself further in his refusal to speculate on the shapes, arrangements, motions, or other imperceptible characteristics of his corpuscles. As ... More


Boyle, Sennert, and the Mechanical Philosophy

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

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2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The matter-theory of the physicist refers to the very corpuscularian philosophy to which Boyle devoted his life's work, the explanation of phenomena in terms of matter and motion at the microlevel. ... More


Chemical Philosophy in the 16th and 17th Centuries: Vitalism, Paracelsian Alchemy, and Aristotelian Hylomorphism

Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino

in The Chemical Philosophy of Robert Boyle: Mechanicism, Chymical Atoms, and Emergence

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780197502501
eISBN:
9780197502532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502501.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter provides the philosophical background for the discussion of Robert Boyle’s chemical philosophy by highlighting the most relevant theories that either influenced Boyle or to which Boyle ... More


Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

William R. Newman

Published in print:
2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Since the Enlightenment, alchemy has been viewed as a sort of antiscience, disparaged by many historians as a form of lunacy that impeded the development of rational chemistry. But this book exposes ... More


Boyle's Use of Chymical Corpuscles and the Reduction to the Pristine State to Demonstrate the Mechanical Origin of Qualities

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Boyle's attempts to demonstrate the mechanical origin of qualities owed a significant debt to Pierre Gassendi's approach, which frequently consisted of attempting to induce or remove qualities by the ... More


Introduction: The Problematic Position of Alchemy in the Scientific Revolution

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book focuses on the chemistry and the experimental origins of the scientific revolution. The terms “alchemy” and “chymistry” is used as synonyms throughout this book in conformity with the ... More


The Medieval Tradition of Alchemical Corpuscular Theory

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

To understand Sennert's approach to atomism and the significance of his work, this chapter begins with the tradition of experimental and corpuscular alchemy that formed his most important source. ... More


A Concise Conclusion

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Every survey of the scientific revolution highlights the importance of Boyle's mechanical philosophy, but the precise relationship of this doctrine to the immediate matter theory that it replaced has ... More


Aristotelian Corpuscular Theory and Andreas Libavius

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

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2006
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the early seventeenth century, Paracelsus's term spagyria—which originally emphasized analysis or Scheidung over synthesis—was subjected to linguistic analysis by the fiery polemicist Andreas ... More


Inaugural Dissertation on the Impassivity of the Human Mind (1734) (Latin and English)

Stephen Menn and Justin E. H. Smith

in Anton Wilhelm Amo's Philosophical Dissertations on Mind and Body

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780197501627
eISBN:
9780197501658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197501627.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This section presents, in Latin and English, the entirety of Anton Wilhelm Amo’s 1734 Inaugural Dissertation on the Impassivity of the Human Mind, as well as letters commending Amo by his teacher ... More


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