Locke’s Philosophy of Body

McCann, Edwin. "Locke's Philosophy of Body," The Cambridge Companion to Locke. Ed. Vere Chappell, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1994.


“Locke’s treatment of such central philosophical issues as substance, qualities, identity, natural kinds, and the structure and limits of scientific explanation was fundamentally shaped by the conception of the body (or as we would say it nowadays, the basic nature of material things) that he inherited from Gassendi and Boyle. This conception of the body was part of what Boyle called the corpuscularian hypothesis, or corpuscularianism.”