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Problems for Aristotelianism

This video introduces an influential early modern alternative to the matter-form framework. It explains the notions of 'corpuscles' and 'mechanism'.

In this video we take a closer look at the critique of the Aristotelian notion of form in thinkers such as Descartes, and explore what, according to them, proper explanations of natural phenomena should look like.

In doing so, we will take a closer look at two theses:

i. Corpuscularianism. The thesis that bodies are built up out of minute particles of matter, or ‘corpuscles’.

ii. Mechanism. The thesis that the properties and behaviour of a body can be accounted for in terms of the mechanical interaction between its material parts.

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