Treatise on Nature and Grace

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byNicolas MalebrancheTranslated byPatrick Riley

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Treatise on Nature and Grace by Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715), first published in 1680, is one of the most celebrated and controversial works of seventeenth-century philosophical theology. This major text, last translated into English in 1695, is here made available to a new generation of readers in an entirely new translation, with a substantial scholarly introduction. The central argument, that God governs the realms of nature and of grace by simple, constant, and uniform `generalwills', not through `particular providence', had fundamental repercussions within the contemporary debates on the nature of divine grace and of salvation, contradicting the claims of the Calvinists and Jansenists that God wills the individual salvation of an elected few. Hailed as a work of geniusby Bayle and Leibniz, the Treatise was to have a profound and far-reaching influence on the development of eighteenth-century thought through the theory of the just and justifiable `general will', which re-emerged in secular form in the work of Rousseau.

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Treatise on Nature and Grace by Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715), first published in 1680, is one of the most celebrated and controversial works of seventeenth-century philosophical theology. This major text, last translated into English in 1695, is here made available to a new generation of readers in an entirely new translation, with ...

Patrick Riley is Oakeshott Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Wisconsin.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.66 × 5.51 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198248326

ISBN - 13:9780198248323

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Table of Contents

Biographical NoteA note on the textBiographical sketches1. Introduction2. Treatise on Nature and Grace: Excerpt of a letter3. Notice4. Discourse I5. Discourse II6. Discourse III7. IllustrationSelect critical bibliographyIndex

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`A most welcome piece of scholarship, and a timely reminder to the anglo-saxon world of the importance of this central, defining statement of malebranchisme in the history of modern philosphical and theological discourse ... the translation itself is engagingly limpid and precise, reflectingsomething of what Ginette Dreyfus called the "nudite" of the original.'British Journal for 18th Century Studies