occasionalism

[ uh-key-zhuh-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ əˈkeɪ ʒə nlˌɪz əm /
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noun Philosophy.

a theory that there is no natural interaction between mind and matter, but that God makes mental events correspond to physical perceptions and actions.

Nearby words

  1. occas.,
  2. occasion,
  3. occasional,
  4. occasional licence,
  5. occasional table,
  6. occasionally,
  7. occasions,
  8. occident,
  9. occidental,
  10. occidentalism

Origin of occasionalism

First recorded in 1835–45; occasional + -ism

Related formsoc·ca·sion·al·ist, nounoc·ca·sion·al·is·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for occasionalism

occasionalism

/ (əˈkeɪʒənəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the post-Cartesian theory that the seeming interconnection of mind and matter is effected by God
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