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Suárez on Propinquity and the Efficient Cause

Dennis Des Chene

in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199583645
eISBN:
9780191738456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583645.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This essay explores Suárez’s commitment to the important causal principle of propinquity or spatial contiguity. Like many, Suárez accepted the principle of no action at a distance. It is argued that ... More


Clauberg: Efficient Causation and the Mind–Body Union

Andrew R. Platt

in One True Cause: Causal Powers, Divine Concurrence, and the Seventeenth-Century Revival of Occasionalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190941796
eISBN:
9780190941826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190941796.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 4 uses Clauberg’s theory of the mind–body union to show how a Cartesian thinker could respond to perceived problems with Descartes’ interactionism without adopting occasionalism. Section 4.1 ... More


Efficient Causation: A History

Tad M. Schmaltz (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This volume is a contribution to the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, the main goal of which is to provide historical accounts of the development of central philosophical concepts. Among these ... More


Introduction to Efficient Causation

Tad M. Schmaltz

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introduction begins with a consideration of the assumption—central to the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series—that it is possible to write a history of philosophical concepts that crosses ... More


Efficient Causation in: Late Antiquity and the Earlier Medieval Era

Ian Wilks

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The Platonic understanding of efficient causation restricts this entirely to the operations of the soul. Bodies are not to be counted as substances, and therefore lack what is required for ... More


The Doctrine of Occasionalism

Andrew R. Platt

in One True Cause: Causal Powers, Divine Concurrence, and the Seventeenth-Century Revival of Occasionalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190941796
eISBN:
9780190941826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190941796.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 1 explains the doctrine of occasionalism. Section 1.1 unpacks the occasionalist claim that God is the only efficient cause, by explaining the concept of an efficient cause, as it was ... More


Efficient Causation in: Malebranche and Berkeley

Lisa Downing

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Both Nicholas Malebranche and George Berkeley maintained that what was becoming a paradigmatic example of efficient causation—body-body causation at impact—is in fact not that at all, that God must ... More


Efficient Causation in Hume

P. J. E. Kail

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

There is considerable scholarly division regarding the fundamentals of Hume’s account of efficient causation. The majority opinion reads him as offering an austere metaphysics wherein efficient ... More


Reflection: Efficient Causation and Musical Inspiration

Anna Harwell Celenza

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The concept of artistic inspiration in the realm of music composition has changed notably over the last millennium. Using portraits of composers as evidence, this essay presents, in chronological ... More


Efficient Causation: From Suárez to Descartes

Tad M. Schmaltz

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

According to a standard narrative concerning the history of philosophy, Descartes set out on a new path by replacing the four causes of the scholastics with the efficient causes required for his ... More


Reflection: Representations of Efficient Causation in the Iliad

Tobias Myersp

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter attempts to contextualize Aristotle’s writings on the efficient cause by considering a few ways in which the Iliad—still central to Greek education and thought in Aristotle’s day—raises ... More


Aristotle and the Discovery of Efficient Causation

Thomas M. Tuozzo

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Aristotle’s efficient cause differs radically from the mechanistic causes characteristic both of his atomist predecessors and of the post-Aristotelian science of the seventeenth century. Like ... More


Efficient Causation: From Ibn sīnā to Ockham

Kara Richardson

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Later medieval philosophers typically recognize natural, rational, and divine agents. This generous view of the scope of efficient causality invites several debates about its character. Some of these ... More


Efficient Causation in: Spinoza and Leibniz

Martin Lin

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The seventeenth century was nearly unanimous in regarding causation as a necessary connection. If the cause exists or occurs, then, necessarily, the effect exists or occurs. The source of this ... More


Reflection: efficient causation in art

Tina Rivers Ryanp

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

One of the central assumptions of Western art is that the artist is the efficient cause of the work of art. One source of this idea is the Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, who famously refused to ... More


Contemporary Efficient Causation: Aristotelian Themes

Stephen Mumford

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Although there are many contemporary Humean approaches to efficient causation, there is also an alternative, which can be thought of as broadly Aristotelian in origin. The key ideas that characterize ... More


Aquinas’s Explanatory Framework: The Four Causes

Christopher Shields and Robert Pasnau

in The Philosophy of Aquinas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199301232
eISBN:
9780190491529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301232.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Aquinas writes in an Aristotelian idiom, adopting and developing the four-causal explanatory scheme, which provides the general framework for those working in this tradition. He makes the tradition ... More


Efficient Causation in the Stoic Tradition

R. J. Hankinson

in Efficient Causation: A History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199782185
eISBN:
9780199395583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The term “efficient causation” derives from the Aristotelian tradition. However, Aristotle himself treats the efficient cause as only one of four “causes” that are more or less on all fours with one ... More


Roots of Things

John Heil

in Appearance in Reality

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780198865452
eISBN:
9780191897818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865452.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter returns to idea that the manifest image concerns a higher-level reality, dependent on, but distinct from a more fundamental reality, the characterization of which falls to physics, ... More


Enmattered Form: Aristotle’s Hylomorphism

David Charles

in The Undivided Self: Aristotle and the 'Mind-Body Problem'

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198869566
eISBN:
9780191912337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198869566.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Aristotle acceptance of [A] and [B], as set out in the Introduction, reflects his general hylomorphic theory of natural objects. That theory, as developed in the Physics and Metaphysics, is best ... More


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