Mechanism and Its Limits

  • Jasper Reid
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 207)


Now that we know what the physical world is made of, we next need to consider how it works. I here look at More’s early commitment (albeit never total) to mechanical physics, and discuss how this can be squared with the vitalistic treatment of body that, as just noted, he was also embracing in the same period. I then discuss his later rejection of mechanism, as well as the responses that people like Boyle and Newton made to that.


Physical World Mechanical Explanation Mechanical Account Corporeal World Mechanical Term 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jasper Reid
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  1. 1.PhilosophyKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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