Matthew J. Barker

Rethinking Reductionism in Robert Boyle’s Time and Our Own

I offer two innovations that span from Robert Boyle’s time to now. I do this by clarifying and addressing an apparent tension in Boyle’s work that has surfaced with the recent enthusiasm for scholarship on Boyle’s philosophy of science. The tension is between a) the widely recognized reductionist parts of Boyle’s “corpuscular philosophy”, and b) his views on scientific explanation.