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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy$
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Walter Ott

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.001.0001

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Régis Against the Occasionalists

Régis Against the Occasionalists

(p.120) 14 Régis Against the Occasionalists
Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Walter Ott (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Drawing on scholastic sources such as Aquinas, Régis argues that occasionalism cannot account for the diversity of effects in the natural world. Moreover, Régis argues, motion cannot exist without being diversified, and so the very presence of motion in the world guarantees that bodies are causally efficacious. Régis addresses Malebranche's “no necessary connection” argument head‐on, arguing that there is in fact a logically necessary connection among bodies, one guaranteed by their geometrical properties.

Keywords:   Régis, Malebranche, necessary connection, motion

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