RENE DESCARTES. THE END OF DYNAMISMTHE BEGINNING OF THE MECHANISTIC WORLD. Before Descartes--Dynamism. The medieval view is that God is the driving, animating force within all matter. The flight of birds, illnesses, earthquakes, volcanoes--nearly all natural phenomena--were signs of God's pleasure or displeasure. Priests and ministers were the best source for understanding the physical world..
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