The Beginning of the End of Matter: Three Moments in the History of an Idea, 1547-1713

Michail Vlasopoulos
The notion of matter had been invariably used in philosophical discussions from the High Middle Ages down to early modern times. In this long history of its usage, however, one cannot fail to notice a rather radical semantic shift. What was originally the relational notion of the Peripatetic ὕλη, or Thomist materialitas, which was reserved for the proximate substrate of enmattered phenomena [λόγοι ἔνυλοί], gave way to the absolute notion for the totality of the...
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