OCCASIONALISM

Descartes developed the unbridgeable dualism of mind and body.
According to Descartes, the mutual communication is at glan pinealis.

The occasionalism is a radical consequence of Cartesian Dualism.
In other words,
the occasionalism took the dualism very seriously and held that
there is no influence between mind and matter. (Indeed, how could there be such things as cause and effect)? I.e.,
there is no causal relationship between mind and matter.
It only appears as if there were mutual influence.

the occasional cause is the way in which they explain the mutual influence.
Indeed,
sensation may be an effect,
however, matter is not the cause, nor spirit itself.
the occasionalists maintain that
it is God that bring about sensation through the occasion of physical phenomena.
Namely God (=the occasional cause) is the real cause between the physical phenomena (=occasion) and human sensation.
In other words,
Physical motion is mere occasion

the occasionalists
in France
de la Forge
Cordemoy (died in 1684)
in Holland
Geulinx (1624-1669)
Geulinx argued, by starting with the thesis that what is called one’s action is that one clearly recognizes. Anything for which one cannot give account is not one’s action, but
it is an occasion.
In Ethics,
the principle says
“Don’t desire where you cannot be capable of doing!”—
this stoic self will ultimately read to the love of God.

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