Mechanical philosophy


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the principles of mechanics applied to the investigation of physical phenomena.
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Boyle's conception of the supernatural was also part of his criticism to Descartes' mechanical philosophy, which excluded final causes, namely the goals for which the natural mechanisms are created by God.
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Anstey argues that an orthodox position has developed among Locke scholars according to which the Essay is a defense of the corpuscular mechanical philosophy, opposed above all to the Cartesian and Aristotelian natural philosophies.
Isaac Beeckman on matter and motion; mechanical philosophy in the making.
from his earliest thoughts to the late 1670s, Leibniz is identified as an 'heterodox Hobbesian' whose metaphysics combined a standard mechanical philosophy of bodies with a commitment to incorporeal things responsible for motion in the world, i.
The adherents of the mechanical philosophy had a variety of opinions about the nature of matter and mechanical forces.
Rene Descartes, we're told, developed his philosophy partly as a result of watching hydraulic automata and, 150 years or so later, aristocrats brought up on mechanical philosophy flirted with automata as an ideal of civility and power.
In a series of seminal books, published between 1660 and his death in 1691, Boyle had done more than anyone to vindicate the study of nature by carefully controlled and fully recorded experiments; he was also one of the leading protagonists of the mechanical philosophy, the idea that everything in the world could be explained in terms of the interaction of matter and motion.
Leibniz was largely self-taught, though debates within the German universities facilitated his exposure to scholastic and mechanical philosophy, which Leibniz characteristically sought to reconcile even as a student in Leipzig and Jena.
Since these men (especially Boyle) held clear and explicit theological views about God's sovereignty and agency in creation, it is obvious their advocacy of mechanical philosophy was purely "methodological"--specifically, as an approach to physical science.
Using well-known episodes from the history of science, such as mechanical philosophy and Newtonian gravitation, elective affinities and the chemical revolution, natural history and taxonomy, evolutionary biology, the dynamical theory of electromagnetism, and quantum theory, Dear here reveals how the very different principles of knowing and doing were brought together as a new enterprise, science, which would be practiced by a new kind of person, the scientist.
His narrative is broadly chronological, beginning with the rediscovery of classical sources including Archimedes and Pappus by dal Monte, Stevin, Benedetti, the young Galileo, and others and continuing through discussion of the work of Galileo and his disciples and the rise of mechanical philosophy and Descartes.
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