PHIL 463 - Topics in the History of Philosophy
Section: 001 Causation in Early Modern Philosophy
Term: FA 2011
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 388 or 389, or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the course, we will focus on the topic of causation in early modern philosophy, giving special attention to the writings of Suarez, Descartes, Malebranche, and Leibniz. After a brief introduction to Aristotle’s foundational views on causation, we will begin with a consideration of the scholastic revision of these views in the work of Suarez, and then turn to the discussions of this topic in our three other early-modern philosophers, taking into account relevant secondary literature. A question from scholasticism that dominates the work of these other philosophers is whether and, if so, how God's role in sustaining created beings in existence can be reconciled with granting creatures real causal efficacy. The seminar will be structured around three main answers to this question, namely (concurrentist or conservationist) interactionism, occasionalism, and preestablished harmony.

PHIL 463 - Topics in the History of Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 087220152X
Philosophical selections, Author: Malebranche. Ed. by Steven Nadler., Publisher: Hackett 1992
ISBN: 0872200620
Philosophical essays, Author: G.W. Leibniz ; edited and translated by Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 2. [Dr.] 1989
ISBN: 1890318760
On creation, conservation, and concurrence : metaphysical disputations 20, 21, and 22, Author: Francisco Suarez ; translation, notes, and introduction by Alfred J. Freddoso, Publisher: St. Augustine's Press 2002
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