Causality and Mind: Essays on Early Modern Philosophy

Hardcover | December 28, 2013

byNicholas Jolley

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Causality and Mind presents seventeen of Nicholas Jolley's essays on early modern philosophy, which focus on two main themes. One theme is the continuing debate over the nature of causality in the period from Descartes to Hume. Jolley shows that, despite his revolutionary stance, Descartes didno serious re-thinking about causality; it was left to his unorthodox disciple Malebranche to argue that there is no place for natural causality in the new mechanistic picture of the physical world. Several essays explore critical reactions to Malebranche's occasionalism in the writings of Leibniz,Berkeley, and Hume, and show how in their different ways Leibniz and Hume respond to Malebranche by re-instating the traditional view that science is the search for causes. A second theme of the volume is the set of issues posed by Descartes' innovations in the philosophy of mind. It is argued that Malebranche is once again a pivotal figure. In opposition to Descartes Malebranche insists that ideas, the objects of thought, are not psychological but abstract entities;he thus opposes Descartes' "dustbin theory of the mind". Malebranche also challenges Descartes' assumption that intentionality is a mark of the mental and his commitment to the superiority of self-knowledge over knowledge of body. Other essays discuss the debate over innate ideas, Locke's polemicsagainst Descartes' theory of mind, and the issue of Leibniz's phenomenalism. A major aim of the volume is to show that philosophers in the period are systematic critics of their contemporaries and predecessors.

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Causality and Mind presents seventeen of Nicholas Jolley's essays on early modern philosophy, which focus on two main themes. One theme is the continuing debate over the nature of causality in the period from Descartes to Hume. Jolley shows that, despite his revolutionary stance, Descartes didno serious re-thinking about causality; it ...

Nicholas Jolley is Emeritus Professor of the University of California, Irvine. His books include Leibniz and Locke: A Study of the New Essays on Human Understanding (OUP, 1984); The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes (OUP, 1990); and Locke: His Philosophical Thought (OUP, 1999).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. SCIENTIA AND SELF-KNOWLEDGE IN DESCARTES2. DESCARTES AND THE ACTION OF BODY ON MIND3. INTELLECT AND ILLUMINATION IN MALEBRANCHE4. SENSATION, INTENTIONALITY, AND ANIMAL CONSCIOUSNESS: MALEBRANCHE'S THEORY OF THE MIND5. MALEBRANCHE ON THE SOUL6. OCCASIONALISM AND EFFICACIOUS LAWS IN MALEBRANCHE7. LEIBNIZ AND MALEBRANCHE ON INNATE IDEAS8. LEIBNIZ AND THE EXCELLENCE OF MINDS9. LEIBNIZ AND OCCASIONALISM10. CAUSALITY AND CREATION IN LEIBNIZ11. LEIBNIZ AND THE CAUSAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF SUBSTANCES12. LEIBNIZ AND PHENOMENALISM13. LOCKEAN ABSTRACTIONISM VERSUS CARTESIAN NATIVISM14. DULL SOULS AND BEASTS: TWO ANTI-CARTESIAN POLEMICS IN LOCKE15. BEREKELEY, MALEBRANCHE, AND VISION IN GOD16. BERKELEY AND MALEBRANCHE ON CAUSALITY AND CREATION17. HUME, MALEBRANCHE, AND THE LAST OCCULT QUALITYBibliography