corpuscularianism

<history of philosophy, natural philosophy> seventeenth century physical theory that supposed all matter to be composed of minute particles. Corpuscularians included Gassendi, Boyle, and Locke. Recommended Reading: Peter Alexander, Ideas, Qualities and Corpuscles: Locke and Boyle on the External World (Cambridge, 1983); Robert Boyle on Natural Philosophy, ed. by Marie Boas Hall (Greenwood, 1980); and The Concept of Matter in Modern Philosophy, ed. by Ernan McMullan (Notre Dame, 1969).

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