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All alone in the Universe: Individuals in Descartes and Newton

@inproceedings{Brading2002AllAI,
  title={All alone in the Universe: Individuals in Descartes and Newton},
  author={K. Brading and Dana Jalobeanu},
  year={2002}
}
In this paper we argue that the primary issue in Descartes' Principles of Philosophy, Part II, articles 1-40, is the problem of individuating bodies. We demonstrate that Descartes departs from the traditional quest for a principle of individuation, moving to a different strategy with the more modest aim of constructing bodies adequate to the needs of his cosmology. In doing this he meets with a series of difficulties, and this is precisely the challenge that Newton took up. We show that… Expand
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