Atomism in England from Hariot to Newton by Robert Hugh Kargon

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See below, Chapter VIII. God is corporéal, a logical step, however, which he did not explicitly take spirits, if anything at ail, are material, and to deny that man’s body is inhabited by them. ^ Hobbes, Works, IV , 60-61. , IV , 61. , IV , 62. , IV , 62. s Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. Michael Oakeshott (Oxford, i960), p. 410. , pp. 421-2. , p. 256. ®René Descartes, 'Philosophical Works, ed. E. S. Haldane and G . R. T . Ross (New York, 1955), II, 72. ®A discussion o f this problem can be found in David Kubrin, ‘ Spirit and Matter in Hobbes’ Mechanical Phiîosophy’, to appear.

193—210. Hencefofth cited as Eléments. I bave used a later (Cambridge, 1928) édition. , p. 156. , pp. 136-7. , p. 137. , p. 138. , p. 160. 5 5^ Thom as H ohbes and the M echanical Thilosophy manner that can only be termed ‘ mechanical’. Hobbes wrote to Newcastle on 29 July 1636: In thinges that are not demonstrable, of which kind is the part of naturall philosophy as depending upon the motion of bodies so subtile as they are invisible, such as are ayre and spirits, the most that can be attayned unto is to hâve such opinions as no certayne expérience can confute, and from which can be deduced by lawfull argumentation no absurdity, and such are your Lordships opinions in your letter of the 3rd of July which I had the honor to receave last weeke, namely.

Phil. 19 (1903-06) 172; Tonnies. ‘ Contributions à l’historié de la pensée de Hobbes’, A rch . Phil. 12 (1936) 260-1. 58 Thom as H ohhes and the M echanical Philosophy 59 Thom as H ohhes and the M echanical Philosophy appropriate term ‘ motionalist’. This stress upon motion was continued in and moon, invisible bodies such ‘ as the small atoms which are disseminated Hobbes’ major physical treatise. De Corpore, which appeared, after much delay, in 1655. ^ The atoms are small, imperceptible bodies in motion.

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