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Treatise on Ethics (1684)

  • Authors
  • Nicolas Malebranche

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Translator’s Introduction

    1. Craig Walton
      Pages 1-41
  3. On Virtue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 45-52
    3. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 53-59
    4. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 60-68
    5. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 69-74
    6. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 75-82
    7. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 83-90
    8. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 91-97
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      Pages 98-107
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      Pages 108-113
    11. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 114-119
    12. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 120-126
    13. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 127-134
    14. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 135-139
  4. On Duties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 143-144
    3. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 145-151
    4. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 152-156
    5. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 157-162
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      Pages 163-167
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      Pages 168-172
    8. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 173-180
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      Pages 181-186
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      Pages 187-191
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      Pages 192-200
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      Pages 201-206
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      Pages 207-213
    14. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 214-219
    15. Nicolas Malebranche
      Pages 220-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-234

About this book

Introduction

explanation might be understood in relationship to our mental, moral, and spiritual life, leapt to his attention and was to occupy it from that day until his death. II. MALEBRANCHE'S THEORY OF BEING His fIrst work, The Search After Truth, appeared from 1674-76, some fourteen to sixteen years after his dramatic encounter with Descartes' work; to this day it is the only work unfailingly associated with his name, though it was the first of nine studies and several volumes of responses in which he went on to explore and develop his thought. Malebranche criticizes the prevailing theories of sense perception, imagination, memory and cognition, and fIrst proposes his own theory of how we acquire and evaluate ideas - from mathematical to physical, and moral to self-reflective. Underlying this theory is his rejection of Scholastic Aristotelian metaphysics, in which particular beings are said to have powers or forms that act on our minds to inform us. Malebranche - here in company with other critics . of that metaphysics from Montaigne to Bacon and Hobbes - argues that the prevailing view of beings endowed with powers by which they act unilaterally, as "causes" in the full sense of that word, makes no sense and cannot be confirmed by experience. For Malebranche, on the other hand, power can be predicated univocally only of God. Created beings have only that limited power given by God under the conditions of creation.

Keywords

Religion church ethics freedom imagination liberty love perception philosophy policy reason science subject translator truth

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-2480-5
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5094-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2480-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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