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Single Idea 16775

[catalogued under 9. Objects / B. Unity of Objects / 2. Substance / e. Substance critique]

Full Idea

According to strict corpuscularianism the only real constituents of a substance are its integral parts.

Gist of Idea

For corpuscularians, a substance is just its integral parts


Robert Pasnau (Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 [2011], 26.1)

Book Reference

Pasnau,Robert: 'Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671' [OUP 2011], p.606

A Reaction

An understandable reaction to the emptiness of Aristotelian substantial forms in science. It seems to leave out the structural principles that distinguish one arrangement of parts from another. See Koslicki on this.

Related Idea

Idea 16776 Substance is an intrinsic thing, so parts of substances can't also be intrinsic things [Duns Scotus]