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Maynooth Philosophical Papers

Volume 7, 2013

Conleth Loonan
Pages 46-58
DOI: 10.5840/mpp201376

Some Aspects of Robert Boyle’s Corpuscular Hypothesis

Robert Boyle (1627-91) is credited with coining the term ‘corpuscle’, as his understanding of the ultimate subdivision of matter. Some of the properties attributed to the corpuscles by him form the subject of this paper. The nature of the corpuscles, their origin, permanence, divisibility, abradibility and how they might contribute to taste, are considered. The importance of motion to Boyle’s account of corpuscular behaviour is treated of briefly.