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Louis de la Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul

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/9780198250081.003.0009
Louis de la Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul

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This chapter considers some implications of an important argument for occasionalism used by La Forge (and Malebranche). If God, as La Forge’s “continuous creation” arguments runs, is required to continually sustain finite substances in existence, and if this sustenance must extend to the modes or properties of such substances, then it would seem to follow that La Forge is no more entitled to attribute real causal powers to the mind than to the body. The conclusion is that the use of this argument commits a philosopher to a more thorough going occasionalism than he may initially intend.

Keywords: occasionalism; La Forge; Malebranche; mind; body; God; creation; causation; substance; modes

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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