The Idea of Action at a Distance between Supernatural Thought and the Scientific View of the World
The debate on the notion of “action at a distance” emerged at the start of the scientific age, and was an attempt to explain the mechanism of gravitational attraction discovered by Isaac Newton. The idea of “action at a distance” within a vacuum clashed with the new mechanistic vision of the world and seemed to most to constitute a return to Aristotelian cosmology and the alchemical hermeticism that had influenced Renaissance-era science. The reconstruction of this debate can contribute to better understanding contemporary discussions about “action at a distance” in quantum mechanics.
Roberto PauraUniversità degli Studi di Perugia