Malebranches Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation

Hardcover | September 1, 1996

byTad Schmaltz

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of the theory of the soul in the writings of the French Cartesian, Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715). Though recent work on Malebranche's philosophy of mind has tended to emphasize his account of ideas, Schmaltz focuses rather on his rejection ofDescartes' doctrine that the mind is better known than the body. In particular, he considers and defends Malebranche's argument that this rejection has a Cartesian basis. Schmaltz reveals that this argument not only provides a fresh perspective on Cartesianism but also is relevant to current debatesin the philosophy of mind.

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This book offers a provocative interpretation of the theory of the soul in the writings of the French Cartesian, Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715). Though recent work on Malebranche's philosophy of mind has tended to emphasize his account of ideas, Schmaltz focuses rather on his rejection ofDescartes' doctrine that the mind is better kno...

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When French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) set forth his opposition to Descartes' view that mind is better known than body, he touched off a controversy that had prominent fellow Cartesians accusing him of both failed logic and dubious theology. Malebranche responded by asserting that his negative thesis concerning our kno...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195103441

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"A very fine piece of scholarship, and displays real philosophical acumen as well....An original and stimulating discussion....It makes a solid and important contribution to early modern scholarship."--Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison