Malebranche, Nicolas (1638–1715)

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List of works

  • Malebranche, N. (1958–67) Oeuvres complètes de Malebranche (Complete works of Malebranche), ed. A. Robinet, Paris: J. Vrin, 20 vols.

    (The standard edition of Malebranche’s writings. The main philosophical works are in the volumes listed below.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1674–5) De la recherche de la vérité, in Oeuvres, vols 1–3, 6th edn, 1712; trans. T. Lennon and P.J. Olscamp as The Search After Truth/Elucidations of the Search After Truth, Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1980.

    (Malebranche’s most important philosophical work. Vol. 3 of the Oeuvres contains the Éclaircissements.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1676) Conversations chrétiennes (Christian conversations), in Oeuvres, vol. 4.

    (A ‘justification’ of the Catholic religion and morality.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1680) Traité de la nature et de la grace, in Oeuvres, vol. 5; trans. P. Riley as Treatise on Nature and Grace, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

    (Malebranche’s theodicy and account of human freedom.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1683a) Méditations chrétiennes et métaphysiques (Christian and metaphysical meditations), in Oeuvres, vol. 10.

    (A reworking of his metaphysical and epistemological doctrines including the vision of God.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1683b) Traité de morale (Treatise on morality), in Oeuvres, vol. 11.

    (A treatise in Christian ethics and human happiness.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1684–94) Recueil de toutes les réponses à M. Arnauld (Collection of all the responses to M. Arnauld), in Oeuvres, vols 6–9.

    (Contains correspondence related to the Malebranche–Arnauld debate, as well as Malebranche’s Réponse to Arnauld’s Des vraies et des fausses idées, and some other pieces.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1688) Entretiens sur la métaphysique et sur la religion, in Oeuvres, vol. 12; trans. W. Doney as Dialogues on Metaphysics, New York: Abaris, 1980.

    (A presentation, in dialogue form, of Malebranche’s doctrines c.1688, after some development since the Recherche in the light of various debates.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1692) Traité des lois de la communication du mouvement, in Oeuvres, vol. 2.

    (A critique of Descartes’ account of the rule of impact.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1696) Entretiens sur la mort, in Oeuvres, vol. 13.

    (A continuation of the dialogues on metaphysics concentrating on death and the soul.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1708) Entretien d’un philosophe chrétien et d’un philosophe chinois (Dialogue between a Christian philosopher and a Chinese philosopher), in Oeuvres, vol. 15.

    (Christian apologetics.)

  • Malebranche, N. (1715) Réflexions sur la prémotion physique (Reflections on physical premotion), in Oeuvres, vol. 16.

    (Malebranche’s response to Abbé Boursier on God’s action on creatures.)

References and further reading

  • Alquié, F. (1974) Le Cartésianisme de Malebranche (The Cartesianism of Malebranche), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (An examination of what Malebranche inherits from orthodox Cartesianism and what he modifies or rejects.)

  • André, Y. (1886) La vie du R. P. Malebranche, prêtre de l’Oratoire, avec l’histoire de ses ouvrages (The life of Father Malebranche, priest of the oratory, with the history of his works), Paris; Geneva: Slatkine Reprints, 1970.

    (Written in the first half of the eighteenth century; still the standard source on Malebranche’s life.)

  • Arnauld, A. (1683) Des vraies et des fausses idées; trans. E. Kremer as On True and False Ideas, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1990; also trans. S. Gaukroger, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990.

    (Arnauld’s attack on Malebranche’s theory of ideas and doctrine of the vision in God.)

  • Brown, S. (1991) Nicolas Malebranche: His Philosophical Critics and Successors, Assen: Van Gorcum.

    (A collection of essays on Malebranche, his influence, and his contemporary and later critics.)

  • Church, R.W. (1931) A Study in the Philosophy of Malebranche, London: Allen & Unwin.

    (A valuable general study of Malebranche’s philosophy.)

  • Dreyfus, G. (1958) La volonté selon Malebranche (The will according to Malebranche), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (A thorough account of Malebranche on the divine will and the human will.)

  • Easton, P., Lennon, T. and Sebba, G. (1991) Bibliographia Malebranchiana: A Critical Guide to the Malebranche Literature 1638–1988, Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

    (A comprehensive bibliography covering both Malebranche and his friends and critics.)

  • Gouhier, H. (1948) La philosophie de Malebranche et son expérience religieuse (The philosophy of Malebranche and his religious experience), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (An examination of some essential Malebranchian doctrines and their theological aspects.)

  • Gueroult, M. (1955) Malebranche, Paris: Aubier, 3 vols.

    (An exhaustive and masterly study of Malebranche’s system.)

  • Jolley, N. (1990) The Light of the Soul: Theories of Ideas in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Examines Malebranche’s theory of ideas, especially in comparison to Descartes’ and Leibniz’s accounts.)

  • McCracken, C. (1983) Malebranche and British Philosophy, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Looks at the way Malebranche’s philosophy was variously assimilated and criticized in early modern British philosophy; chapters on Locke, Berkeley and Hume.)

  • Moreau, D. (1999) Deux Cartésiens: La polémique Arnauld Malebranche (Two Cartesians: The Arnauld-Malebranche Debate), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (A thorough study of the Arnauld-Malebranche debate.)

  • Nadler, S. (1992) Malebranche and Ideas, New York: Oxford University Press.

    (An analysis of Malebranche’s theory of ideas and doctrine of the vision in God.)

  • Nadler, S. (2000) The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A collection of essays on various aspects of Malebranche’s philosophy.)

  • Nadler, S. (2011) The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (A study of the personal and philosophical relationships between Malebranche, Leibniz, and Arnauld, with a focus on the topic of theodicy.)

  • Peppers-Bates, S. (2011) Nicolas Malebranche: Freedom in an Occasionalist World, London: Bloomsbury.

    (An analysis of Malebranche’s attempt to reconcile human freedom with the occasionalist doctrine of causation.)

  • Prost, J. (1907) Essai sur l’atomisme et l’occasionalisme dans la philosophie cartésienne (Essay on atomism and occasionalism in Cartesian philosophy), Paris: Henry Paulin.

    (A fine study of occasionalism and its roots in Descartes’ philosophy, with several chapters on Malebranche.)

  • Pyle, A. (2003) Malebranche, London: Routledge.

    (An analytic overview of the many elements of Malebranche’s philosophical system.)

  • Radner, D. (1978) Malebranche: A Study of a Cartesian System, Assen: Van Gorcum.

    (A useful general and analytical presentation of Malebranche’s doctrines.)

  • Robinet, A. (1955) Malebranche et Leibniz: relations personelles (Malebranche and Leibniz: personal relations), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (A valuable resource that contains correspondence and other documents concerning the mutual relations between Malebranche and Leibniz.)

  • Robinet, A. (1965) Système et existence dans l’oeuvre de Malebranche (System and existence in the work of Malebranche), Paris: J. Vrin.

    (One of the most important studies of Malebranche’s philosophy, with emphasis on its development.)

  • Rodis-Lewis, G. (1963) Nicolas Malebranche, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

    (A general account of Malebranche’s life and thought.)

  • Schmaltz, T. (1996) Malebranche’s Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (A close analysis of Malebranche’s account of the human soul and his theory of knowledge.)

  • Walton, C. (1972) De la recherche du bien: A Study of Malebranche’s Science of Ethics, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

    (An analysis of Malebranche’s moral philosophy, concentrating on his account of virtue and duty.)

  • Watson, R. A. (1966) The Downfall of Cartesianism (1673-1712), The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

    (A classic study of Malebranche’s metaphysics and epistemology, its critique by Simon Foucher, and the ramifications of this critique for the fortunes of Cartesian philosophy.)

Citing this article:
Nadler, Steven. Bibliography. Malebranche, Nicolas (1638–1715), 2015, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA055-2. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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