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Occasionalism and the Mind‐Body Problem

Steven Nadler

in Occasionalism

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780198250081
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191712586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250081.003.0002
Occasionalism and the Mind‐Body Problem

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This chapter is an examination of the myth that occasionalism arose as an ad hoc response to the mind-body problem bequeathed by Descartes. In fact, there are a number of arguments and motivations for the doctrine, none of which appeal to the alleged difficulty of explaining how, for the dualist, mind and matter can interact. This thesis is pursued by looking at the philosophers Malebranche, La Forge, Cordemoy, Geulincx, and Clauberg.

Keywords: Descartes; Malebranche; Geulincx; La Forge; Cordemoy; Clauberg; cause; mind-body problem; dualism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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