atomism

[From Greek atomos: indivisible.]

  1. (metaphysics) Any metaphysical or cosmological idea that reality is fundamentally made up only of extremely small, indivisible particles. This view was widespread among ancient Greek philosophers such as Democritus (460?-362? BCE) and Epicurus (341-271 BCE), and was revived in the 17th century by philosophers such as the Pierre Gassendi and scientists such as Robert Boyle, the founder of modern chemistry.

The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre

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