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Single Idea 16609

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 6. Early Matter Theories / g. Atomism]

Full Idea

The atomist view is that causation is limited to collisions among corpuscles (which is 'mechanism'), and the only bodily qualities are those found at the microcorpuscular level; sensible qualities are in fact sensations.

Gist of Idea

Atomists say causation is mechanical collisions, and all true qualities are microscopic


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 05.4)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.91

A Reaction

[Part of a full summary of atomism by Pasnau]