Remarks on the Pre-history of the Mechanical Philosophy

  • Daniel GarberEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 282)


The mechanical (or corpuscular philosophy) has been well-established as a historiographical category for some years now. While it certainly began as an actor’s category, it has slipped into being something else, a kind of broad catch-all category that is taken to include most of those who opposed the Aristotelian philosophy of the schools throughout the entire seventeenth century, part of a broad master narrative about the demise of the scholastic Aristotelian philosophy of the schools and the rise of modern mathematical and experimental science, the titanic intellectual clash that gave birth to modernity.


Seventeenth Century Scientific Revolution Explanatory Program Infinite Divisibility Mechanical Philosophy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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