Watson, "Foucher's Mistake and Maleb Break: Ideas, Intelligible Extension, and the End of Ontology," in Stuart Brown, editor, Nicolas Malebranche
: His Philosophical Critics and Successors, (Assen/Maastricht: Van Gorcum, 1991), pp.
Henry More and Nicolas Malebranche
, each in his own way, drew a distinction between two kinds of extension, the one indivisible and the other divisible.
, a priest, developed his philosophy from carefully studying that of Descartes and then presenting a theory that he believed overcame some of the crucial difficulties in the Cartesian system, difficulties that opponents had been raising for some decades after the publication of Descartes's Meditations and his Principles of Philosophy.
famously holds that we see all things in the physical world by means of ideas in God.
Fafara's excellent introduction provides a useful intellectual history of Gilson, the distinguished professor, and Gouhier, the talented student, that elucidates how their friendship rapidly evolved and matured from an intense authoritative focus on the great French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche
, the subject of Gouhier's classic doctorat d'etat, into a close, lifelong relationship of colleagues with wide-ranging interests: Catholicism, philosophy, metaphysics, physics, Christian philosophy, history, Cartesian thought, Scholasticism, faith and reason, Leibniz, Descartes, Sts.
However, the textual evidence shows that Hume's most sustained engagement with a canonical rationalist is with Nicolas Malebranche
. The author shows that the fundamental differences (among the many similarities) between the two on the self and causal power do indeed rest on a principled distinction between rationalism and empiricism, and that there is some truth in the traditional story.
This paper examines Hume's appropriation of some aspects of the philosophy of Nicolas Malebranche
. The author shows how the influence of this Christian Platonist philosophy upon sceptical empiricist philosophy in Hume's Treatise can be understood in terms of Hume's exploiting Malebranche's religiously informed science of man to serve a different secular agenda.
Recent commentators have argued that Nicolas Malebranche
mounts a devastating internal critique of Descartes's theory of self-knowledge by showing that we lack a clear and distinct idea of the nature of the human mind.