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OccasionalismCausation Among the Cartesians$
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Steven Nadler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250081.001.0001

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Descartes and Occasional Causation

Descartes and Occasional Causation

(p.29) 2 Descartes and Occasional Causation

Steven Nadler (Contributor Webpage)

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It has been claimed that Descartes is an occasionalist with respect to body-mind causation, in addition to body-body causal relations. It is important, however, to distinguish the doctrine of occasionalism, which involves constant divine causal activity, from the more general model of occasional causation, of which occasionalism is only a species. Such a distinction provides a more accurate picture of Descartes’s causal theory.

Keywords:   occasional causation, cause, mind, body, Descartes, occasionalism

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