Malebranche: Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion

Malebranche: Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion

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Malebranche's Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion is in many ways the best introduction to his thought, and provides the most systematic exposition of his philosophy as a whole. In it, he presents clear and comprehensive statements of his two best-known contributions to metaphysics and epistemology, namely, the doctrines of occasionalism and vision in God; he also states his views on such central issues as self-knowledge, the existence of the external world and the problem of theodicy. His skilful handling of the dialogue form enables the reader to see how he responds to objections made to his earlier work The Search after Truth. This edition presents a translation of the text which is clear, readable and more accurate than any of its predecessors, together with an introduction that analyses Malebranche's central teachings and explains the importance of the Dialogues in the context of seventeenth-century philosophy.show more

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"For those wishing to learn more about [Malebrance] thought, this volume is the place to start." Donald Rutherford, Religious Studies Reviewshow more

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Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Chronology; Further reading; Note on the text; Dialogues on Metaphysics and on Religion; Dialogues 1-14; Index.show more

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