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Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1714) was a French philosopher who developed a Platonistic form of Cartesianism heavily indebted to the thought of St. Augustine. Malebranche was long neglected in the English-speaking world, but thanks to the translation of his major work, De la Recherche de la Verite (The Search after Truth), by P. Olscamp and T. Lennon (1997), scholars have begun to recognize how original and important a thinker he was. The present collection of essays, edited by Nadler (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) reinforces that view. Essayists discuss most of the major topics on which Malebranche wrote--method (Lennon), the soul (Jolley), ideas and the vision in God (Schmaltz), causation (Nadler), human freedom (Kremer), moral philosophy (Riley), theodicy (Rutherford), and metaphysics (Bardout)--and of course the debate with Arnauld concerning the nature of ideas (Moreau). There are also essays devoted to Malebranche's later influence (Brown, Robinet). Oddly, there is nothing devoted to Malebranche's treatment of the problem of death. The essays are all of high quality, and there is an excellent bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. F. Wilson; University of Toronto
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