<biography, history of philosophy> Belgian philosopher (1624-1669); author of Quaestiones quodlibeticae (Miscellaneous Questions) (1653), Logica restituta (Restored Logic) (1662), and De virtute (On Virtue) (1665). As a devoted Cartesian, Geulincx sought to resolve the dualist's problem of mind-body interaction by appealing to divine intervention as the genuine source of all causation, presaging the occasionalism of Malebranche. The coincidence of mental thoughts with bodily motions, he argued, is like the conformity between unconnected but synchronized clocks. Recommended Reading: Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony, ed. by Steven Nadler (Penn. State, 1993) and G. Nuchelmans, Geulincx Containment Theory of Logic (Royal Netherlands, 1988).
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