Natures, Laws, and Miracles: The Roots of Leibniz's Critique of Occasionalism in Causation in Early Modern Philosophy, Nadler, Steven(ed)
Graduate studies at Western
In . Penn St Univ Pr (1993)
|Abstract||Leibniz raises three main objections to the doctrine of occasionalism: (1) it is inconsistent with the supposition of finite substances; (2) it presupposes the occurrence of "perpetual miracles"; (3) it requires that God "disturb" the ordinary laws of nature. At issue in objection (1) is the proper understanding of divine omnipotence, and of the relationship between the power of God and that of created things. I argue that objections (2) and (3), on the other hand, derive from a particular conception of the intelligibility of nature, a conception to which Leibniz is firmly committed and that occasionalists like Malebranche no less firmly reject|
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