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  • Occasionalism — is a philosophical theory about causation which says that created substances cannot be efficient causes of events. Instead, all events are taken to be caused directly by God. (A related theory, which has been called occasional causation , also… …   Wikipedia

  • Occasionalism — Daisie Radner The seventeenth century doctrine known as occasionalism arose in response to a perceived problem. Cartesian philosophy generated the problem and provided the context for the answer. In the Cartesian ontology, mind and matter are… …   History of philosophy

  • Cause — • Cause, as the correlative of effect, is understood as being that which in any way gives existence to, or contributes towards the existence of, any thing; which produces a result; to which the origin of any thing is to be ascribed Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Occasionalism — • The metaphysical theory which maintains that finite things have no efficient causality of their own, but that whatever happens in the world is caused by God, creatures being merely the occasions of the Divine activity. Catholic Encyclopedia.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Dualism (philosophy of mind) — René Descartes s illustration of dualism. Inputs are passed on by the sensory organs to the epiphysis in the brain and from there to the immaterial spirit. In philosophy of mind, dualism is a set of views about the relationship between mind and… …   Wikipedia

  • occasionalism — occasionalist, n. occasionalistic, adj. /euh kay zheuh nl iz euhm/, n. Philos. a theory that there is no natural interaction between mind and matter, but that God makes mental events correspond to physical perceptions and actions. [1835 45;… …   Universalium

  • Monism — • A philosophical term which, in its various meanings, is opposed to Dualism or Pluralism Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Monism     Monism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Soul — • The question of the reality of the soul and its distinction from the body is among the most important problems of philosophy, for with it is bound up the doctrine of a future life Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Soul     Soul …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • causal nexus — (Lat., nectere, to bind). The bonding or link between a cause and its effect. The ancient sceptics, subsequent occasionalists, and, most famously, Hume argue that no such link is perceptible or imaginable: we can see that events do follow one… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Malebranche, Nicolas — (1638–1715) French Cartesian philosopher. Malebranche was born in Paris and educated in philosophy and theology at the Sorbonne. Deeply impressed by the philosophy of Descartes, he produced in 1674 and 1675 the two volumes of De la recherche de… …   Philosophy dictionary

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