Mechanical reduction

Mechanical reduction: The dominant model of life-systems as mechanical systems which rules out non-mechanical life properties (e.g., the irreversibility of life processes and non-substitutability of its constituents, or fields of internal life). Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III,… Read More


Mechanism: doctrine according to which all phenomena are governed and predictable by physical laws in the manner of a machine, whether at micro (organic) or macro (cosmic) levels. Doctrines according to which all phenomena are matter in motion or governed and predictable by physics-like laws. See also Mechanical reduction. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All… Read More