Mechanical philosophy

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the principles of mechanics applied to the investigation of physical phenomena.
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See also: Mechanical

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Second, Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655), Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), and Hobbes welcomed mechanical philosophy, on which the universe is a large-scale machine.
Margaret Osler's chapter on mechanical philosophy and Ronald Numbers's on scientific creationism have also been excised.
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.
He wrote his thesis at a time when God's providential role in all worldly matters was being questioned and Connor realised that the thesis might be controversial given his attempts to explain the possibility of a miracle occurring within the concepts of mechanical philosophy. Chambers suggests Connor was representative of an early Irish intellectual enlightenment.
Isaac Beeckman on matter and motion; mechanical philosophy in the making.
Under the leadership of Thomas Telford, their first President, the Institution was awarded a Royal Charter in 1828, which set out its objects as facilitating "the acquirement of knowledge necessary in the civil engineering profession and for promoting mechanical philosophy".
In the earliest phase, i.e., 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.e., non-extended minds distinct from extended bodies characterized in terms of shape, size, and motion.
Robert Boyle, one of the greatest champions of this new way of looking at the world, called it the "mechanical philosophy."
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.