Atomism in England from Hariot to Newton by Robert Hugh Kargon

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Small Atomes of themselves a World may make. As being subtle, and of every shape And as they dance about, fit places finde Such Formes as best agréé make every kinde . .

It was during these years that H obbes’ influence over the growing N e w ­ castle Circle and its associâtes was most potent. is a substance, and ail substances hâve dimension and corporeality. Because o f the rejection o f his former vacuist position, H obbes’ views in the 1640s hâve been unjustifiably neglected by historians. Th e decade That there exist immaterial spirits is a flat contradiction in terms, for a spirit During the 1640s, Hobbes became a close friend o f Pierre Gassend, the Those who refer to scripture to support the immateriality o f the soûl French reviver o f Epicurus.

Cousin (Paris, 1824), l l \ , passim. s Bacon, Works, VIII, 211. Emphasis supplied. 52 F ra n cis Bacon and the A to m ic Philosophy F ra n cis Bacon and the A to m ic Philosophy 53 These limitations, almost always ignored, are important for the full Boswell saw the close similarity between some o f Gilbert’s spéculations understanding o f Bacon’s theory o f heat. It is essential to stress that for in the manuscripts o f the VhilosophiaNova and some o f the later spéculations Bacon, if heat is a mode o f motion, so is cold.

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