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- (philosophy, historical) An ideology that discusses reality and change in terms of particles (corpuscles) and their motion.
- 2014, Giuseppe Mazzotta, The New Map of the World: The Poetic Philosophy of Giambattista Vico:
- The bond between politics as a question of the bodies' appetites and physics is suggested to Vico by the at once ancient and modern science of corpuscularism. The “corpuscular hypothesis,” which is the theory of the corpuscular or mechanical constitution of universal matter common to all bodies, originates in the atomism of Democritus, Epicurus, and Lucretius.