Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Mechanico-materialism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200858

A general term used in the history of ideas to describe the view of the universe, including even life forms and social behavior that emerged from Newtonian physics in the late seventeenth century. Mechanico-materialism stresses the law-like regularity and “clockwork” precision in the operation of the identifiable components of physical reality. The metaphor of billiard balls zooming about a pool table is often used to capture the sense of what Newtonians characterized as a cosmos consisting of “matter in motions.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of DenverDenverUSA