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“No Necessary Connection”: The Medieval Roots of the Occasionalist Roots of Humen

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/9780198250081.003.0011
“No Necessary Connection”: The Medieval Roots of the Occasionalist Roots of Humen

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A number of philosophers, from the medieval period on (some of whom were occasionalists), have argued that a central feature of causal relations is a necessary connection between cause and effect. But they have also concluded that no such necessary connections are ever to be found among things or events in nature. This chapter examines this argument in its epistemological and ontological versions in al-Ghazali, Nicolas of Autrecourt, Malebranche, and Hume.

Keywords: cause; necessary connection; al-Ghazali; Nicolas of Autrecourt; Malebranche; Hume; occasionalism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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