What is instrumentalism and what does it mean?

What is instrumentalism and what does it mean?

July 2, 2021 Off By Felso

Occasionalism is a system of occasional reasons, especially about the relationship between the soul and the body, and which argues that there can be no interaction between the soul and the body.

It can be argued that occasionalism is included in the logic of the Descartes system and that many of this philosopher’s disciples (L. Delaforge, G. de Cordemoy, Guelincx and especially Malebranche) advocated occasionalism. However, Descartes is not an occasional; although he could not explain it well in his system, he admitted that the soul and the body have mutual effects on each other.

Malebranche is recognized as the father of occasional causes theory. This philosopher’s application of causal causes to the soul and body relations was a logical consequence of the general theory he put forward about the exchange and relationship between substances. With this theory, Malebranche laid the groundwork for Hume’s later criticism of the concept of cause.


Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım