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Title:Nature and Law in the Philosophy of Nicolas Malebranche
Author(s):Pace, Bradley W.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Maher, Patrick
Department / Program:Philosophy
Discipline:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Philosophy
Abstract:The 17th-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche was one of the leading proponents of occasionalism, the view that God is directly responsible for all change in the created world. For Malebranche, occasionalism is an appropriately Christian philosophy---that is, it takes seriously the Christian belief that we ought to worship God alone. But occasionalism is intimately tied to Malebranche's more general theory of nature. Unlike his Aristotelian and scholastic predecessors, he attacks the conception of an active and powerful nature, arguing that nature is nothing other than God's general volitions. This dissertation considers the connections between Malebranche's occasionalism and his philosophy of nature and argues that the latter is an important step in the development of the mechanical philosophy.
Issue Date:2006
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:285 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87597
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3242955
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2006


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