occasionalism


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oc·ca·sion·al·ism

 (ə-kā′zhə-nə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The doctrine that God is the sole causal actor and that all events are merely occasions on which God brings about what are normally thought of as their effects.

occasionalism

(əˈkeɪʒənəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) the post-Cartesian theory that the seeming interconnection of mind and matter is effected by God

occasionalism

the Cartesian philosophic doctrine that holds that mind and matter are incapable of affecting each other and that their reciprocal action must be owing to the intervention of God. — occasionalist, n.occasionalistic, adj.
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22) Berkeley is close to Malebranchean occasionalism here, in which all efficient causality, including human action, is a consequence of the will of a transcendent God: on this view, finite minds are as passive as Newtonian inert matter, capable only of being "affected" by God.
The second chapter continues to unravel the link between Hanbalism, Asharism, and Sufi writings inspired by Ibn al-Arabi, drawing attention to interesting ways in which prominent thinkers such as al-Kurani rejected aspects of Asharism such as occasionalism, in favor of a belief in secondary causality that was professed both by Hanbalis and Ibn al-Arabi (pp.
The modern patron of the concept of the political, Carl Schmitt, remarks in Politische Romantik (1919) that the Romantic avoids all commitments and engagement with reality in favor of a subjective occasionalism (a matter still being debated by Frank and Beiser; see Nassar 2014).
Aquinas takes issue with the * occasionalism of the Neoplatonists, which reduces mankind to spectators of the world order in which the human being is a composite, but not a queer amalgamation of two things, a soul in a body like a sailor in a ship, as *Plato is supposed to have held.
According to occasionalism, highly charged electrodes lead to electrical arcing only and entirely because God intervenes to cause the arcing on each such occasion.
Accordingly, the nomic theory is incoherent and ultimately collapses into what is here called neo- occasionalism, and powers turns out to be the only available option for those who believe that properties genuinely confer dispositions on their bearers or accept even a minimal realism about dispositions.
79) The distinction between the rationalist and evolutionary (legal) tradition was first obscured in the nineteenth century by liberalism and its belief in the power of endless negotiations through reference to romantic subjectified occasionalism.
The first is based on strict occasionalism and the other on secondary causes and the existence of natures.
In the above surdetermination and most direct presentation of Reality, the Whole Object ([O]bject, Surject, Qualon) that intrinsically (in the utmost eidetic-noetic sense) transcends and overcomes all logical predication (transitive and intransitive) between object and subject--as well as between occasionalism and substantivalism, i.
This was clearly the systematization of Ash'arite occasionalism (81) put forward for the explication of the relationship between the universe and God; and by associating this with the mechanistic view of the universe Nursi gave a different color to it.
The subject index testifies to this breadth, covering as it does terms such as the semantic-pragmatic distinction, presupposition, indexicality, minimalism, occasionalism, contextualism, negation, and game theory.
Considerable research attention has focused on the causal activity of God in Malebranche's occasionalism, his account of God, his conception of the continuous creation of the universe, and his claims regarding individuating God's volitions.