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La réception occasionaliste de Descartes : des Malebranchistes à l’Encyclopédie

Abstract : The occasionalist reception of Descartes from the Malebranchists to the Encyclopédie By attempting to formulate a new causal relationship between mind and body, in which causality is no longer efficient but only determinant (it is the occasion of an effect), Descartes opened a breach in causality. This article attempts to show that three Cartesians, here called Malebranchists, exploited this breach to the extent of provoking a veritable crisis of causality, which 18th-century thinkers inherited. This is particularly the case for D’Alembert who was greatly influenced by the teaching of Malebranchist Cartesians during his studies at the Collège des Quatre Nations.
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Véronique Le Ru. La réception occasionaliste de Descartes : des Malebranchistes à l’Encyclopédie. Recherches sur Diderot et sur l'Encyclopédie, Société Diderot, 2005, ⟨10.4000/rde.308⟩. ⟨hal-02487066⟩



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