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Descartes on causation

Author: Tad M Schmaltz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008.
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"Tad Schmaltz presents a systematic study of Descartes's theory of causation and its relation to the medieval and early modern scholastic philosophy that provides its historical context." "In contrast to those who have read Descartes as endorsing the "occasionalist" conclusion that God is the only real cause, Schmaltz argues that Descartes accepted what, in the context of scholastic debates regarding causation, is  Read more...
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Schmaltz, Tad M., 1960-
Descartes on causation.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007002235
(OCoLC)80916932
Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tad M Schmaltz
ISBN: 9780195327946 0195327942 9780198043904 0198043902 9781435620452 1435620453
OCLC Number: 80916932
Description: xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments ""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Introduction""; ""1 The Scholastic Context""; ""1.1. Medieval Rejections of Occasionalism""; ""1.2. Suárez on Efficient Causes and Concursus""; ""1.3. From Suárez to Descartes""; ""2 Two Causal Axioms""; ""2.1. The Containment Axiom""; ""2.2. The Conservation Axiom""; ""2.3. From Axioms to Causation""; ""3 Causation in Physics""; ""3.1. God as Universal and Primary Cause""; ""3.2. Laws as Particular and Secondary Causes""; ""3.3. Descartes�s Conservationist Physics""; ""4 Causation in Psychology"" ""4.1. Mind�Body Interaction and Union""""4.2. Body-to-Mind Action""; ""4.3. Mind-to-Body Action""; ""5 Causation and Freedom""; ""5.1. Jesuit Freedom and Created Truth""; ""5.2. Indifference and Human Freedom""; ""5.3. Human Freedom and Divine Providence""; ""Conclusion""; ""Works Cited""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""Q""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""U""; ""V""; ""W""
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"Tad Schmaltz presents a systematic study of Descartes's theory of causation and its relation to the medieval and early modern scholastic philosophy that provides its historical context." "In contrast to those who have read Descartes as endorsing the "occasionalist" conclusion that God is the only real cause, Schmaltz argues that Descartes accepted what, in the context of scholastic debates regarding causation, is the antipode of occasionalism: namely, the view that creatures rather than God are the causal source of natural change. What emerges is a new understanding of Descartes's contribution to modern thought on causation. Schmaltz's carefully argued and convincing work should appeal to all scholars of early modern philosophy."--Jacket.

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