Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
Malebranche is an occasionalist philosopher, which is to say he believes that God is the only cause with all creations being passive. He is also a Catholic priest, and therefore committed to the truth of his faith. Malebranche therefore must account for what miracles are in a metaphysical system where their direct causation by the divine does not provide any special distinction. This paper locates Malebranche’s solution to the apparent difficulty in a division between cases where God acts according to laws of nature and those where intervention is necessary lest the laws of nature lead God to negate any divine attribute.