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The Fate of PlaceA Philosophical History$
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Edward S. Casey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276031

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276031.001.0001

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Modern Space as Absolute

Modern Space as Absolute

Gassendi and Newton

(p.137) 6 Modern Space as Absolute
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter examines the thoughts of Pierre Gassendi and Isaac Newton about space. Gassendi posited an incorporeal dimensionality that in effect liberated space from matter. Not only was space infinite and matter finite, but space had a pure dimensionality independent of the concrete corporeal dimensionality of matter. Newton incorporated Gassendi’s theory of space into his epoch-making work, Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, and placed it as the concept of absolute space in the front line of physics.

Keywords:   Pierre Gassendi, matter, incorporeal dimensionality, absolute space

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