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By Steven M. Nadler

Three basic bills of causation stand out in early sleek philosophy: Cartesian interactionism, occasionalism, and Leibniz's preestablished concord. The individuals to this quantity research those theories of their philosophical and ancient context. They tackle them either as a method for answering particular questions concerning causal family and of their relation to each other, particularly, evaluating occasionalism and the preestablished concord as responses to Descartes's metaphysics and physics and the Cartesian account of causation. Philosophers mentioned comprise Descartes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Arnauld, Leibniz, Bayle, los angeles Forge, and different, much less famous figures.

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84 (emphasis added). The work referred to is the "New Method for Learning and Teaching Jurisprudence" of 1667. ], and finally in our soul as the cause of the motion of body, although we cannot understand the manner of the causing" (A vi. 1, 286-87). ) Ibid. -101and preestablished harmony, we turn now to an evaluation of their details. The order of presentation is altered, so as to work through the topics in something like the temporal order in which they become relevant in Leibniz's philosophical development.

This alternative reading is quite consistent, although in a different way from before, with the point we are suggesting about Leibniz and occasionalism. ] quam'), that it is not our minds that act but rather God who acts, which in turn suggests that real causal power exists not in our minds but rather in God. This is good occasionalism, and is opposed to Leibniz's later views. It turns out that there is a similar but less difficult passage that adds to the suggestion of occasionalism in the late 1670s.

184, quoting and translating from Grua, Textes inédits, p. 275). The text was written in 1677 and is taken from Leibniz's description of a conversation with Nicholas Steno. The sequel (which Sleigh presents) is relevant to and supportive of an occasionalist reading. The possible disconfirmation, discussed by Sleigh, is that one could take the position as Steno's rather than as Leibniz's. Sleigh doubts this, and introduces the full passage as "apparent evidence of occasionalism" ( Leibniz and Arnauld, p.

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