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Whats the difference between empiricism & mechanistic materialism

  1. Aug 17, 2009 #1
    What is the difference between empiricism and mechanistic materialism? The both seem similar derived from Francis Bacon and Newtonian mechanics. I suppose French materialism was more atheist. Who were some mechanistic materialists?
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2009 #2
    One is epistemology, the other is ontology.
     
  4. Aug 17, 2009 #3
    Perfect response... I laughed. It's unfortunate that those involved in the endless debate between the two don't know this. The world would be so much more simple.
     
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