Mechanistic philosophy and theology

Mechanistic philosophy and theology: from conflict to integration?
seminar from group Science, Reason and Faith.
Michał Oleksowicz. Pamplona, April 27, 2022

Michał Oleksowicz is a priest of the Diocese of Torun in Poland. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the School of Theology (department of Philosophy Christian ) of the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun. He is a member of committee of essay of the journal "Scientia et Fides", member of "Religious Freedom Laboratory" (Pro Futuro Theologiae Fondation) and Vice President of seminar Diocesan of Torun. His main academic interests are: Philosophy and theology of science, new Philosophy mechanics, causation, scientific explanation and science-religion dialogue.

The concept of mechanism in the last five decades is once again at the centre of the philosophical discussion about science within the new mechanical philosophy (NMP). Keeping focus on the recent development of the NMP, we tackle the fact that the NMP is a novel revision of modern antecedents. We point out the intertwined metaphysical and epistemological aspects of causal explanations within NMP. After that, we interpret NMP in the framework of its realist commitments, arguing that explanatory reductionism, as employed by mechanists, does not necessarily lead to positions completely hostile for theology-science dialogue.