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Divine action and God’s immutability: a historical case study on how to resist occasionalism
Today’s debates present ‘occasionalism’ as the position that any satisfying account of divine action must avoid. In this paper I discuss how a leading Cartesian author of the end of the seventeenthExpand
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Modelling the history of early modern natural philosophy: the fate of the art-nature distinction in the Dutch universities
ABSTRACT The ‘model approach’ facilitates a quantitative-oriented study of conceptual changes in large corpora. This paper implements the ‘model approach’ to investigate the erosion of theExpand
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Samuel Clarke on Agent Causation, Voluntarism, and Occasionalism.
ArgumentThis paper argues that Samuel Clarke's account of agent causation (i) provides a philosophical basis for moderate voluntarism, and (ii) both leads to and benefits from the acceptance ofExpand
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The Ontology of Determination: From Descartes to Spinoza.
This paper argues that Spinoza's notions of "conatus" and "power of acting" are derived by means of generalization from the notions of "force of motion" and "force of determination" that SpinozaExpand
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Locke and Spinoza on the epistemic and motivational weaknesses of reason: the Reasonableness of Christianity and the Theological-Political Treatise
One of the main polemical targets of Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise (published in 1670) is “dogmatism”. According to Spinoza, dogmatism contends that “Scripture should be subject toExpand
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Johann Christoph Sturm's Natural Philosophy : Passive Forms, Occasionalism, and Scientific Explanations
This paper presents the first systematic investigation into Johann Christoph Sturm's natural philosophy and his account of causation and scientific explanations. While Sturm maintains that God is theExpand