Meaning of occasionalism in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkeɪʒ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


mass nounPhilosophy
  • The doctrine ascribing the connection between mental and bodily events to the continuing intervention of God.

    ‘Cordemoy was one of the first, if not the first, to argue that Cartesian metaphysics leads to occasionalism.’
    • ‘Edwards' mental phenomenalism is a natural extension of his occasionalism and views on substance.’
    • ‘Throughout Letters, Norris defends his occasionalism against Astell's critiques.’
    • ‘Plastic nature enables Cudworth to account for the providential ordering of the universe without falling into the trap of occasionalism.’