14 Facts About Atomism


Atomism is a natural philosophy proposing that the physical universe is composed of fundamental indivisible components known as atoms.

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Atomism stands in contrast to a substance theory wherein a prime material continuum remains qualitatively invariant under division.

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Atomism believed all existence to be a single, all-encompassing and unchanging mass, and that change and motion were mere illusions.

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Atomism explicitly rejected sensory experience as the path to an understanding of the universe and instead used purely abstract reasoning.

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Atomism believed there is no such thing as void, equating it with non-being.

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Atomism wrote all that is must be an indivisible unity, for if it were manifold, then there would have to be a void that could divide it.

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Atomism believed change was real, and if it was not then at least the illusion had to be explained.

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Atomism thus supported the concept of void, and stated that the universe is made up of many Parmenidean entities that move around in the void.

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Atomism argued that atoms just crashing into other atoms could never produce the beauty and form of the world.

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Atomism's text is known as Kanada Sutras, or Aphorisms of Kanada.

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Atomism utilized a theory of atomism as a partial replacement, but he was never unequivocally committed to it.

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Atomism was particularly intrigued by the Greek atomists, so he set out to "purify" atomism from its heretical and atheistic philosophical conclusions.

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Atomism noticed that distilled water everywhere analyzed to the same elements, hydrogen and oxygen.

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Atomism described atomic theory as a 'Thoroughly materialistic bit of joiners work'.

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