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Essay on atomism

Whyte, Lancelot Law

Essay on atomism

from Democritus to 1960

by Whyte, Lancelot Law

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Published by T. Nelson in London, New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Atomism -- History.

  • Edition Notes

    Bibliography: p.(104)-108.

    Statementby Lancelot Law Whyte.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination108 p. ;
    Number of Pages108
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL18160041M

    These lectures were subsequently published in and in The Monist Volumes 28 and 29which at the time was edited by Phillip Jourdain. When evaluating the importance of Greek atomism in the light of modern atomic theories, it should be borne in mind that in Greek thought philosophy and science still formed a unity. I have felt justified in attributing them to the philosophy of Democritus because they seem to pertain to the parts of the theory shared by Democritus and the Epicureans. Both theories recognized atoms of compounds that are composed of atoms of elements. In contrast with mechanics, however, chemistry was not yet sufficiently developed to provide the theoretical framework necessary for a satisfactory chemical atomic theory.

    Thus, following the work of Max Planckthe idea of minima of energy was added to the idea of minima of matter, the traditional basis of atomism. By rejecting the deist and teleological explanation of the origin of the universe and embracing the concept of matter as the ultimate cause of the origin of the universe, Epicurus has aligned himself on the materialist camp which asserts that atoms, the matter is at the core of everything. For this reason it is not easy to define its content in such a way as to comprehend all the historical variations and especially the historical development of the doctrine. Challenging us to find that boundary leads to one of Lucretius' most inspired images: he takes the historic Roman declaration of war — the hurling of a spear into enemy territory — and asks us to re-enact it at the alleged edge of the universe. Urmson's work on analysis.

    The best way to discuss the variations of this general idea of atomism is to follow the historical development, which shows a gradual shift of emphasis from philosophical to scientific considerations. This distinction therefore governed his own atomic theory. The history of the two forms of philosophical atomism until the birth of a scientific atomic theory has been rather different. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Perhaps you find it difficult to accept that hard objects are actually partially composed of void.


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Essay on atomism book

Only by studying changes is science able to discover the immutable laws of nature. Without it, there would be no motion, because there would be no space without particles in it into which particles could move, and a ball of wool would weigh the same as a ball of lead.

Logical atomism contends that, through rigorous and exacting analysis, language—like physical matter—can be broken down into smaller constituent parts. The set of everything that is not a teaspoon does contain itself because the set is not a teaspoon. The atomists are also thought to have been countering the paradoxes of Zeno, who argued that if objects can be infinitely divided, then the motion should be impossible because otherwise, a body would have to cover an infinite number of spaces in a finite amount of time.

Magnenus was the first to arrive at a scientific estimate of the size of an "atom" i. The Na ion with its positive electric charge was attracted by the Cl ion with its negative charge. A chemical reaction takes place among the minima.

He was convinced that atoms were associated into so-called primary concretions, "which were not easily dissipable into such particles as composed them. Salty tastes are caused by angular atoms which are of a good size, twisted, with two sides equal.

Nash, Leonard K. Gassendi's concept was closer to classical atomism, but with no atheistic overtone. By the same token, Democritus denied qualitative multiplicity, but accepted multiplicity based on purely quantitative differences. On another point, however, he followed the minima tradition.

Sometimes the inquiry has taken them in the direction of a controlling power, a single divine force or principle which governs the multiplicity and changes which can be observed by the senses.

Essay on Atomism

Nor did it account for all variety. Later ancient atomism[ edit ] Epicurus — BCE studied atomism with Nausiphanes who had been a student of Democritus. It is one thing to talk about small things not being large, or wet things not being dry, or Homer who lived earlier than Hesiod not being later than Hesiod.

For this reason, the less orthodox forms of atomism were as important to the origin of the scientific atomic theory as were the orthodox. Without fundamental unity, no universal laws are possible; without fundamental immutability, no laws covering past, present, and future can be valid.

Anything else is either a property of the atoms in a thing — something that can't be taken away from it without that thing ceasing to exist in that form, such as liquidity for water — or an accident: something that happens to collections of atoms and void, which does not have its own intrinsic existence, such as poverty or war.

There was even a system that assumed as many qualitatively different atoms as there are different observable substances Anaxagoras, fifth century BCE. Inwood, This is a preview of the 9-page document.

By combining the relative merits of the minima theory qualitative atoms and of Democritus' atomism open to quantitative treatmentthe seventeenth century laid the foundations for the scientific atomic theory of the nineteenth century.

Excellent history of science from antiquity to the seventeenth century. This ambition overlays the character of Russell's work from onward. Nevertheless, the Tractatus differed so fundamentally from the philosophy of Russell that Wittgenstein always believed that Russell misunderstood the work.

The cube, with its flat base and stability, was assigned to earth; the tetrahedron was assigned to fire because its penetrating points and sharp edges made it mobile. Therefore, the senses, without the true interpretation provided by the atomist philosophy, tell us nothing about reality.

Reality would be filled up, in every direction, with atoms. He understood gods' role as moral ideals. Atomists can keep the doctrine of the atoms, together with the testimony of the senses regarding the existence of change and plurality, provided that they are willing to admit some role for not-being.

To understand what that refers to, consider the example of the set containing all the teaspoons that have ever existed. The multiplicity of visible forms in nature, then, is based upon differences in these particles and in their configurations; hence, any observable changes must be reduced to changes in these configurations., Essay on atomism: from Democritus to Welseyan U.P Middletown, Conn Wikipedia Citation Please see Wikipedia's template documentation for further citation fields that may be required.

Logical atomism explained. Logical atomism is a philosophy that originated in the early 20th century with the development of analytic hildebrandsguld.com principal exponent was the British philosopher Bertrand Russell. It is also widely held that the early work (the Tractatus and pre-Tractatus writings) of his Austrian-born pupil and colleague, Ludwig Wittgenstein, defend a version of logical atomism.

Atomism, Monism, and Causation in the Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish KAREN DETLEFSEN I. INTRODUCTION In Margaret Cavendish published her first book, a book of poems {Poems, and Fancies), the first fifty pages of which are devoted to expounding an atomic theory of hildebrandsguld.com by: 7.

Robert J. Roecklein. Locke, Hume, and the Treacherous Logos of Atomism: The Eclipse of Democratic Values in the Early Modern Period. Published: September 29, Robert J.

Roecklein, Locke, Hume, and the Treacherous Logos of Atomism: The Eclipse of Democratic Values in the Early Modern Period, Lexington,pp., $ (hbk), ISBN Despite his preoccupation with alchemy, Boyle’s corpuscular hypothesis set a strong theoretical foundation for the development of modern atomism.

Common to the 16th and 17th centuries was the notion that God provides revelation through two books: the book of Scripture and the book of nature [16]. Atomism in the form in which it first emerged in Ancient Greece was a metaphysical thesis, purporting to establish claims about the ultimate nature of material reality by philosophical argument.

Versions of atomism developed by mechanical philosophers in the seventeenth century shared that characteristic.