- a theory that there is no natural interaction between mind and matter, but that God makes mental events correspond to physical perceptions and actions.
Origin of occasionalism
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Occasionalism, or the doctrine that God is the immediate cause of all men's actions.
Many, alarmed at the consequences which occasionalism would seem to involve, have embraced an opposite scheme.
This principle was prominent in the philosophy of occasionalism, and is still by no means extinct.Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays
Occasionalism appeared to introduce God that he might make physical matter do what it had no natural tendency to do, viz.Theodicy
G. W. Leibniz
It results from the occasionalism attributed by Dewey to the thinking process.John Dewey's logical theory
Delton Thomas Howard
- the post-Cartesian theory that the seeming interconnection of mind and matter is effected by God
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