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Trusting Atoms

Hendry, Robin Findlay



Ugo Zilioli


antiquity to the present day. This collection covers the richness of its history, starting with how the Ancient Greeks came to assume the existence of atoms and concluding with contemporary metaphysical debates about structure, time and reality. Focusing on important moments in the history of human thought when the debate about atomism was particularly flourishing and transformative for the scientific and philosophical spirit of the time, this collection covers: - The discovery of atomism in ancient philosophy - Ancient non-Western, Arabic and late Medieval thought - The Renaissance, when alongside the re-discovery of ancient thought, atomism as a doctrine of mind and matter was brandished by Leibniz and Spinoza - The history and philosophy of chemistry after Dalton - Logical atomism in early analytic philosophy, with Russell and Wittgenstein - Atomism in quantum physics. Featuring 35 previously unpublished essays, written especially for the collection by leading and younger scholars, this valuable collection reveals the development of one of philosophy's central doctrines across 2,000 years and within a broad range of philosophical traditions.


Hendry, R. F. (2020). Trusting Atoms. In U. Zilioli (Ed.), Atomism in Philosophy: A History from Antiquity to the Present (470-488). Bloomsbury.

Acceptance Date Dec 16, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2020
Publisher Bloomsbury
Pages 470-488
Book Title Atomism in Philosophy: A History from Antiquity to the Present