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Descartes and Occasional Causation

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/9780198250081.003.0003
Descartes and Occasional Causation

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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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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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