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Philosophy of Evolution: Anti-Mechanicism

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The Neo-Scholastics reject the proposition that animals function like machines.

The Pontifical Gregorian University’s philosophy department considers Evolutionism incompatible with Mechanicism.1 Not even animals function like a machine.2 However, Mechanicism, although mentioned, is not a central consideration of the current course at the Gregorian University.

Our reason for considering the philosophy of evolution as explained by Mechanicism is that this theory was held by a number of promoters of evolution, among many different theories of evolution, including the Intelligent Design theories of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.3 Generally, the Positivists maintain that evolution can be philosophically explained by Mechanicism.4 This thesis makes an attempt to reply to Meristic Mechanicism, that the theory that evolution is all and only a mechanical process in matter.5

Author:  John Edward Mulvihill, S.T.D., D.Min., Ph.D.
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