Definition of occasionalism in English:



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

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