In his treatment of the Soul, the ideas of de Vallone, with regard to God, become more clear. He distinguishes between the animal and the thinking Soul. He leans towards a belief in metempsychosis. He holds that all souls are of one species — and therefore there is no place for angels or devils. He is strongly affected by the theory of occasional causality of Malebranche and the later Cartesians, holding that it is God and not the soul who causes motion in the body. Finally he declares that, although God and the Universe are not one substance, the sum total of material things, inferior intelligences and God can be regarded as one “Subsistence” and, he says, between one substance and one subsistence there is but little difference.


Seventeenth Century Single Substance Moral Evil United Province Plastic Nature 
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