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Mechanism (philosophy)

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  • Mechanism (philosophy) — Mechanism is the belief that natural wholes (principally living things) are like machines or artifacts, composed of parts lacking any intrinsic relationship to each other, and with their order imposed from without. Thus, the source of an apparent …   Wikipedia

  • Mechanism — may refer to: Mechanism (engineering), rigid bodies connected by joints in order to accomplish a desired force and/or motion transmission Mechanism (biology), explaining how a feature is created Mechanism (philosophy), a theory that all natural… …   Wikipedia

  • mechanism — The belief that everything can be explained in ways modelled on 17th century conceptions of scientific explanation. This took its paradigm from the quantitative laws governing the interactions of particles, in terms of which the other properties… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Philosophy — • Detailed article on the history of the love of wisdom Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Philosophy     Philosophy     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Mechanism — • There is no constant meaning in the history of philosophy for the word Mechanism. Originally, the term meant that cosmological theory which ascribes the motion and changes of the world to some external force Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • mechanism — mechanismic, adj. /mek euh niz euhm/, n. 1. an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage. 2. the agency or means by which an effect is produced or a purpose is accomplished. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Mechanism (sociology) — During the last decade there has been a growing interest in social mechanisms and mechanism based explanations, not only in sociology and the social sciences but also in philosophy of science, particularly philosophy of biology. Although many… …   Wikipedia

  • philosophy, Western — Introduction       history of Western philosophy from its development among the ancient Greeks to the present.       This article has three basic purposes: (1) to provide an overview of the history of philosophy in the West, (2) to relate… …   Universalium

  • Philosophy in the Soviet Union — Philosophical research in the Soviet Union was officially confined to Marxist Leninist thinking, which theoretically was the basis of objective and ultimate philosophical truth. During the 1920s and 1930s, other tendencies of Russian thought were …   Wikipedia

  • Philosophy of artificial intelligence — The philosophy of artificial intelligence considers the relationship between machines and thought and attempts to answer such question as: [Harvnb|Russell|Norvig|2003|p=947 define the philosophy of AI as consisting of the first two questions, and …   Wikipedia

  • Philosophy of biology — The philosophy of biology is a subfield of philosophy of science, which deals with epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical issues in the biological and biomedical sciences. Although philosophers of science and philosophers generally have long… …   Wikipedia

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