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Dualism and Occasionalism: Arnauld and the Development of Cartesian Metaphysics

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/9780198250081.003.0007
Dualism and Occasionalism: Arnauld and the Development of Cartesian Metaphysics

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This chapter is an examination of the nature and extent of Arnauld’s commitment to occasionalism. It is argued that the Cartesian Arnauld, while not a thoroughgoing occasionalist, nonetheless used the doctrine to suit his purposes, particularly to address causal problems in the domain of mind-body relations with which he felt Descartes had not adequately dealt.

Keywords: causation; occasionalism; Cartesianism; Arnauld; Descartes; mind; body

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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