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Descartes on Causation

Tad M. Schmaltz


This book is a systematic study of Descartes's theory of causation and its relation to the medieval and early modern scholastic philosophy that provides its proper historical context. The argument here is that even though Descartes offered a dualistic ontology that differs radically from what we find in scholasticism, his views on causation were profoundly influenced by scholastic thought on this issue. This influence is evident not only in his affirmation in the Meditations of the abstract scholastic axiom that a cause must contain the reality of its effects, but also in the details of the ac ... More

Keywords: Descartes, causation, scholasticism, occasionalism, concurrentism, force, mind–body interaction, freedom

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327946
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327946.001.0001


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Tad M. Schmaltz, author
Duke University
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