Matter and Form in Early Modern Science and Philosophy

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Gideon Manning
BRILL, Jun 22, 2012 - Philosophy - 250 pages
Matter and form have been fundamental principles in natural science since Greek Antiquity and their apparent rejection during the seventeenth century typically has been described as a precursor to the emergence of modern science. This volume reconsiders the fate of these principles and the complex history of their reception. By analyzing work being done in physics, chemistry, theology, physiology, psychology, and metaphysics, and by considering questions about change, identity, and causation, the contributors show precisely how matter and form entered into early modern science and philosophy. The result is our best picture to date of the diverse reception of matter and form among the innovators of the early modern period.
 

Contents

Three Biased Reminders about Hylomorphism in Early Modern Science and Philosophy
1
Body Soul and Anatomy in Late Aristotelian Psychology
33
Living Atoms Hylomorphism and Spontaneous Generation in Daniel Sennert
77
Daniel Sennerts Atomistic Explanation of Vinous and Acetous Fermentation
99
From Suárez to Descartes
125
Mechanizing the Sensitive Soul
151
Atomism and Individuation
187
The Iatrochemical Roots of Leibnizs Theory of Corporeal Substance
203
Leibnizian Hylomorphism
225
Index of Names
245
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Gideon Manning, Ph.D. (2006) in Philosophy, University of Chicago, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the California Institute of Technology.