Necessary Connections and Continuous Creation: Malebranche’s Two Arguments for Occasionalism

@article{Lee2008NecessaryCA,
  title={Necessary Connections and Continuous Creation: Malebranche’s Two Arguments for Occasionalism},
  author={Sukjae Lee},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  year={2008},
  volume={46},
  pages={539 - 565}
}
  • Sukjae Lee
  • Published 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Philosophy
Malebranche presents two major arguments for occasionalism: the “no necessary connection” argument (NNC) and the “conservation is but continuous creation” argument (CCC). NNC appears prominently in his Search After Truth but virtually disappears and surrenders the spotlight to CCC in his later major work, Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion. This paper investigates the possible reasons and motivations behind this significant shift. I argue that the shift is no surprise if we consider the… Expand
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