Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony

Paperback | October 7, 2004

EditorSteven M. Nadler

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Three general accounts of causation stand out in early modern philosophy: Cartesian interactionism, occasionalism, and Leibniz's preestablished harmony. The contributors to this volume examine these theories in their philosophical and historical context. They address them both as a means for answering specific questions regarding causal relations and in their relation to one another, in particular, comparing occasionalism and the preestablished harmony as responses to Descartes's metaphysics and physics and the Cartesian account of causation. Philosophers discussed include Descartes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Arnauld, Leibniz, Bayle, La Forge, and other, less well-known figures.

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Three general accounts of causation stand out in early modern philosophy: Cartesian interactionism, occasionalism, and Leibniz's preestablished harmony. The contributors to this volume examine these theories in their philosophical and historical context. They address them both as a means for answering specific questions regarding causa...

Steven Nadler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of Malebranche and Ideas (1992), Arnauld and the Cartesian Philosophy of Ideas (1989), and editor of Malebranche: Philosophical Selections (1992).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.03 × 6.03 × 0.53 inPublished:October 7, 2004Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027102657X

ISBN - 13:9780271026572

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