Research and Creative Coffee is a series of events aimed to be a platform for discussions about publications, projects and working papers of AAU Faculty as well as AAU students.

The upcoming event planned for November 22nd, starting at 9.30 am, in Room 1.33, will be devoted to the research paper: 
The Evolving Etymological and Semantic Characteristics of the Mechanism, by Alexei Anisin, PhD. 

We will welcome George Hays II, PhD, lecturer in the School of International Relations & Diplomacy, as the discussant of the paper.

Please register using this link!
(Only registered participants will receive the full paper)

Abstract of the paper:
The usage of the term mechanism is widespread in general discourse and scientific inquiry, yet our understanding of the etymology of the mechanism is underdeveloped. This study traces semantic and etymological characteristics of this term and discovers that human understanding of mechanisms has evolved over the last two millennia according to changes in worldview. What were once representations of theistic forces in Ancient Greece, early Christianity, the Roman Empire and in the Middle Ages, mechanisms subsequently morphed into being interpreted as rationalized, scientific units during the onset of modernity. Into the contemporary epoch, mechanisms continue to serve as components of causal explanations while some post-modern schools of thought have rejected both theistic and scientific mechanistic narratives outright. Simultaneously, the rise of artificial intelligence has begun to foster new understandings of mechanisms based around autonomous computation – creating a milieu in which mechanisms are, for the first time, forces that are neither cognitive, theistic nor atheistic, but are representative of non-human causal agency.