from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Philosophy One who believes in the doctrine of mechanism.

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  • n. A person who takes a mechanical view
  • n. A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A maker of machines; one skilled in mechanics.
  • n. One who regards the phenomena of nature as the effects of forces merely mechanical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A maker of machines, or one skilled in machinery or in mechanical work; a mechanician.
  • n. One of a school of philosophers who refer all the changes in the universe to the effect of merely mechanical forces.

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  • n. a philosopher who subscribes to the doctrine of mechanism


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  • Either way, my own amateur suspicion is that something closer to a Russelian monistic view of nature and mind is going to become more popular, while the mechanist/materialist view is going to be quietly brushed aside.

    Against Darwinism

  • Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.

    Reviews of fantasy and science fiction books

  • In a recent study undertaken in the US by Katy Santiago, a bio mechanist who founded the Restorative Exercise Institute™, participants took part in the 10,000 steps walking programme; which states that people should aim to record ten thousand steps roughly 4 miles of walking in some form each day.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Mach was a naturalist and a monist, as well as an anti-materialist in the sense of being an anti-mechanist.

    Ernst Mach

  • Impulse is also fundamental to the corpuscular hypothesis 'explanation of phenomena, being either the exclusive means of interaction among bodies, as adherents of the strict mechanist proviso hold, or the means of at least many interactions.

    Locke's Philosophy of Science

  • I found it too troublesome to turn to the collection of the British Poets to discover apposite mottoes, and, in the situation of the theatrical mechanist, who, when the white paper which represented his shower of snow was exhausted, continued the storm by snowing brown, I drew on my memory as long as I could, and when that failed, eked it out with invention.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • Now, you are quite right that many things that have been considered "supernatural" have become considered "natural" after they've been considered scientific long enough (e.g., action at a distance seems pretty spooky and mystical if you are a mechanist).

    A long, boring post on everybody's favorite topic

  • Woodger saw the issues in the mechanist-vitalist debate as more complex than either side admitted.


  • Without HPL's craft -- and yes, without his "mechanist materialism" and his psychosomatic fish allergies -- he could not have revealed Cthulhu to us in just that form.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • I am somewhat surprised that Joshi doesn't see (and on past form, stridently object to) the hugely obvious negation of "mechanist materialism" in the assumption that mentation and personality (even memory, in Peaslee's case) -- the soul, in other words -- is independent of the physical brain, or even of humanoid brain structure.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal


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