Samuel Clarke on Agent Causation, Voluntarism, and Occasionalism.

@article{Sangiacomo2018SamuelCO,
  title={Samuel Clarke on Agent Causation, Voluntarism, and Occasionalism.},
  author={Andrea Sangiacomo},
  journal={Science in context},
  year={2018},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={
          421-456
        }
}
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 of partial occasionalism as a model of causation for material beings. Clarke's account of agent causation entails that for an agent to be properly called an agent (i.e. causally efficacious), it is essential that the agent is free to choose whether to act or not. This freedom is compatible with the… Expand
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