Corpuscular philosophy

Related to Corpuscular philosophy: corpuscular theory
that which attempts to account for the phenomena of nature, by the motion, figure, rest, position, etc., of the minute particles of matter.

See also: Corpuscular

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In his subsequent career --which saw such important and influential work as The Sceptical Chymist (1661), The Origins of Forms and Qualities according to the Corpuscular Philosophy (1666), and The Christian Virtuoso (1690)--he was concerned not only to champion the corpuscular philosophy and the experimental method, but also to promulgate Christianity.
Framed in terms of the bankruptcy of Scholastic-Aristotelian natural philosophy, Garber's account features the emergence of mathematical realism and abstraction by Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei, the rejection of Aristotelian matter theory and metaphysics by sixteenth-century chemical philosophy, and, ultimately, its replacement by Robert Boyle's mechanical corpuscular philosophy, which was built on the twin foundations of Cartesian materialism and Pierre Gassendi's adaption of classical atomism.
159-71) explains how More both anticipated later criticisms of the view of causation presupposed by the corpuscular philosophy of nature and grounded his own view of causation in the notion of active causal power.