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The crisis of causality : Voetius and Descartes on God, nature, and change

Author: J A van Ruler
Publisher: Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1995.
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 66.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Crisis of Causality deals with the reaction of the Dutch Calvinist theologian Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) to the New Philosophy of René Descartes (1596-1650). Voetius not only criticised the Cartesian idea of a mechanical Universe; he also foresaw that shifting conceptions of natural causality would make it impossible for theologians to explain the relationship between God and Creation in philosophical terms.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ruler, J.A. van.
Crisis of causality.
Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1995
(DLC) 95017523
Named Person: Gijsbert Voet; René Descartes; Voet; René Descartes; Gijsbert Voet; René Descartes; Gijsbert Voet; Gijsbert Voet; René Descartes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J A van Ruler
ISBN: 9789004103719 9004247203 9004103716 9789004247208
OCLC Number: 1006083557
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 353 pages)
Contents: Preliminary Material / J. A. van Ruler --
INTRODUCTION / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER ONE: VOETIUS' ESSAY \'ON THE NATURES AND SUBSTANTIAL FORMS OF THINGS\' / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER TWO: SPECIES AND FORMS / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER THREE: FINALIST PHYSICS / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER FOUR: THE MECHANICAL ALTERNATIVE: PERCEPTION AND CAUSALITY / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER FIVE: THE MECHANICAL ALTERNATIVE: FROM ENDS TO IMPULSE / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER SIX: THE COMPOSITE CHARACTER OF SUBSTANTIAL UNITY / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER SEVEN: ULTIMATE CAUSES IN MECHANICAL PHYSICS / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE CARTESIAN WORLD / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER NINE: CAUSES, CONSERVATION AND CONCURRENCE / J. A. van Ruler --
CHAPTER TEN: CONCLUSIONS: THEOLOGY BETWEEN VITALISM AND MECHANISM / J. A. van Ruler --
BIBLIOGRAPHY / J. A. van Ruler --
INDEX / J. A. van Ruler.
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 66.
Responsibility: by J.A. van Ruler.

Abstract:

The Crisis of Causality deals with the reaction of the Dutch Calvinist theologian Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) to the New Philosophy of René Descartes (1596-1650). Voetius not only criticised the Cartesian idea of a mechanical Universe; he also foresaw that shifting conceptions of natural causality would make it impossible for theologians to explain the relationship between God and Creation in philosophical terms. This threatened the status of theology as a scientific discipline. Apart from a detailed analysis of the Scholastic and Cartesian notions of causality, the book offers new perspectives on related subjects, such as seventeenth-century university training and the Cartesian method of science. It will be of great importance to any student of seventeenth-century intellectual history, philosophy, theology and history of science.

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