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Despite their influence on later philosophers such as Hume, Malebranche's central arguments for occasionalism remain deeply puzzling. Both the famous 'no necessary connection' argument and what I call the epistemic argument include assumptions -e.g., that a true cause is logically necessarily connected to its effectthat seem unmotivated, even in their context. I argue that a proper understanding of late scholastic views lets us see why Malebranche would make this assumption. Both arguments turndoi:10.1515/agph.2008.007 fatcat:k6u62jaspjddzlvcgari4psw7y