Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians by Steven NadlerOccasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians by Steven Nadler

Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians

bySteven Nadler

Hardcover | January 2, 2011

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Steven Nadler presents a collection of essays on the problem of causation in seventeenth-century philosophy. Occasionalism is the doctrine, held by a number of early modern Cartesian thinkers, that created substances are devoid of any true causal powers, and that God is the only real causalagent in the universe. All natural phenomena have God as their direct and immediate cause, with natural things and their states serving only as "occasions" for God to act. Rather than being merely an ad hoc, deus ex machina response to the mind-body problem bequeathed by Descartes to hisfollowers, as it has often been portrayed in the past, occasionalism is in fact a full-blooded, complex and philosophically interesting account of causal relations. These essays examine the philosophical, scientific, theological and religious themes and arguments of occasionalism, as well as itsroots in medieval views on God and causality.
Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught since 1988. His books include Spinoza: A Life (winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award) and Rembrandt's Jews (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), and he has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the Univ...
Title:Occasionalism: Causation Among the CartesiansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:January 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Occasionalism and the Mind-Body Problem2. Descartes and Occasional Causation3. Occasionalism and General Will in Malebranche4. Postscript to "Occasionalism and General Will in Malebranche"5. Knowledge, Volitional Agency and Causation in Malebranche and Geulincx6. Dualism and Occasionalism: Arnauld and the Development of Cartesian Metaphysics7. The Occasionalism of Louis de la Forge8. Louis de la Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul9. Cordemoy and Occasionalism10. 'No Necessary Connection': The Medieval Roots of the Occasionalist Roots of Hume11. Choosing a Theodicy: The Leibniz-Malebranche-Arnauld Connection