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Single Idea 17398

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Chemistry / 2. Modern Elements]

Full Idea

In the 19th century abstract elements were believed to be permanent and responsible for observed properties in compounds, but (departing from Aristotle) they were also 'material ingredients', thus linking the metaphysical and material realm.

Gist of Idea

19th C views said elements survived abstractly in compounds, but also as 'material ingredients'


Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], 04 'Nature')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.114

A Reaction

I'm not sure I can make sense of this gulf between the metaphysical and the material realm, so this was an account heading for disaster.

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Idea 17392 How can poisonous elements survive in the nutritious compound they compose? [Scerri]