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Space and Subtle Matter in Descartes's Metaphysics

Jonathan Bennett

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195165418
eISBN:
9780199868285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165411.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Descartes rightly attacked the idea of space as extended nothing, but in inferring that space is an extended something, a substance, he overlooked the possibility that it is instead a system of ... More


Capturing the Laughing Gnome

Hjalmar Fors

in The Limits of Matter: Chemistry, Mining, and Enlightenment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226194998
eISBN:
9780226195049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226195049.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter studies how the new chemists dealt with those objects of knowledge that were now out of bounds. Through active boundary-work, belief in e. g., trolls and the efficacy of magic and ... More


Of Witches, Trolls, and Inquisitive Men

Hjalmar Fors

in The Limits of Matter: Chemistry, Mining, and Enlightenment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226194998
eISBN:
9780226195049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226195049.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The chapter begins with the Stockholm witch trials, in which the doubts cast on the testimonies of the accusers cast further doubt on the power of witchcraft. Through these trials we also gain an ... More


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