Leibniz and Occasionalism

Nicholas Jolley

in Leibniz

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195143744
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835317 | DOI:
Leibniz and Occasionalism

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This essay focuses on Leibniz’s critique of Malebranche’s occasionalism. Malebranche holds that God is the one true cause, whereas Leibniz maintains that created substances are genuine causes as well. What is really in question is the nature of the scientific enterprise and its metaphysical foundations. This debate involves a partisan of a law-based conception science confronted by a partisan of a cause-based conception.

Keywords: Leibniz; Malebranche; occasionalism

Chapter.  7767 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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