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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 Extensive

Modern Space as Extensive


(p.151) 7 Modern Space as Extensive
The Fate of Place

Edward S. Casey

University of California Press

This chapter examines René Descartes’ thoughts on space. Descartes aligns himself with Plato and Aristotle in their rejection of the Democritean void and in their common effort to make matter somehow coextensive with space. However, Descartes looks towards Locke and Leibniz in terms of a radical relativizing of space. In taking up this latter direction, he ironically comes to the same conclusion as did his own absolutist critics, Gassendi and Newton: place has no independent status apart from that of the universal space to which it belongs.

Keywords:   René Descartes, space, matter, extensio

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