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Februar 2003



Nicolas Malebranche is one of the most important philosophers of the 17th Century after Descartes. A pioneer of Rationalism, he was one of the first to champion and to further Cartesian ideas. Andrew Pyle places Malebranche's work in the context of Descartes and other philosophers, and also in its relation to ideas about faith and reason. He examines the entirety of Malebranche's writings, including the famous "The Search After Truth," which was admired and criticized by both Leibniz and Locke. Pyle presents an integrated account of Malebranche's central theses, occasionalism and 'vision in God', before exploring and assessing Malebranche's contribution to debates on physics and biology, and his views on the soul, self-knowledge, grace, and the freedom of the will. This penetrating and wide-ranging study will be of interest to not only philosophers, but also to historians of science and philosophy, theologians, and students of the Enlightenment or 17th Century thought.


Tensions in Cartesian metaphysics; the vision in God; the dispute with Arnauld; Malebranche on causation - occasionalism and continuous creation; Malebranche's physics - the laws of motion; Malebranche's Cartesian inheritance; Malebranche's biology; the downfall of Malebranchism.


Andrew Pyle is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Atomism and its Critics and the editor of Key Philosophers in Conversation and the fomer editor of the journal Cogito.


'A first-rate piece of Malebranche scholarship and a significant contribution to literature.' - Steve Nadler, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA 'An excellent and admirable book; indeed, it is the best overall study of Malebranche's philosophy by a single author that exists in English.' - Nick Jolley, University of California, Irvine
EAN: 9780415289115
ISBN: 0415289114
Untertitel: 'Arguments of the Philosophers'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 289 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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