occasionalist


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occasionalist

(əˈkeɪʒənəlɪst) philosophy
n
(Philosophy) a person who subscribes to the theory of occasionalism
adj
(Philosophy) relating to the theory of occasionalism or those who subscribe to this doctrine
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Whereas commentators are practically unanimous in granting Coredmoy's full occasionalist pedigree, Nadler asserts that they miss an important lack of argumentation against the soul's activity within Cordemoy's account.
Nicolas Malebranche; freedom in an occasionalist world.
In fact, Griffel had already asserted that "in its practical implications and particularly regarding the pursuit of the natural sciences, the occasionalist universe of al-Ghazali is indistinguishable from the universe of the falasifa" (p.
While the opponent here is not identified, the character of his objection strongly suggests that Ibn Sina is dealing with an occasionalist.
This position has sometimes led to Geulincx being cast as an occasionalist, but like Leibniz he conceives of divine omnipotence in terms of originating perfection (and thus "synchronization") rather than constant intervention by a conserving or directing force.
Malebranche believed, as an occasionalist, that God is the only true cause of effects in nature, but also maintained that human freedom is among the greatest of the effects of divine wisdom.
In the realm of natural philosophy, the rise of voluntaristic conceptions of God along with a trend towards occasionalist understandings of causation gave rise to the notion of divinely ordained, externally imposed laws of nature.
If one were to replace the notion of God by the notion of a mechanism, then a modern (or mechanical) occasionalist could assert that what we actually call causes are no more than occasions on which a mechanism acts to bring about the effect.
Yet, if anything, we could term Beckett's attitude an individual form of secular quietism, drawn from his reading of Schopenhauer, Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ, and the Occasionalist philosopher Geulincx.
mind-body dualisms in the case of intentional human behavior, or occasionalist positions on God's agency in the natural world) and also those relying on external intervention (e.
Niebuhr affirmed Barth's grasp of human sin, retrieval of classical faith and bold resistance to Nazism, but faulted him for silence in the face of Soviet tyranny based on Barth's occasionalist ethics that had no stipulated principles as are tested in laboratories of history.
Was Descartes an occasionalist in one or more of these three senses (namely, body-to-body, body-to-mind, mind-to-body)?