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Space
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I. Philosophy

One of the first detailed discussions of space and its nature was undertaken by Aristotle, who rejected the atomists’ assumption of a void (Atomism: I) as well as Plato’s identification of space and matter. Aristotle defined the position of a body as the inner boundary of the body surrounding it (e.g. in the case of water, the inner surface of its container). According to Aristotle, therefore, a void or empty space cannot exist within or the world or outside it.

In 1277 the proposition…

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Hüttemann, Andreas and van den Brom, Luco Johan, “Space”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024538>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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