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Malebranche, Nicolas
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(Aug 5, 1638, Paris – Oct 13, 1715, Paris), French philosopher and major proponent of occasionalism. Malebranche was born into a very wealthy and influential family. In 1660 he joined the Congregation of the Oratory (Oratorians) in Paris; he studied theology at the Sorbonne and in 1664, the year he was ordained, he took up philosophy after reading the posthumous Traité de l'homme of R. Descartes, which left a deep impression on him. His very first publication, De la recherche de la vérité (1674–1675; subsequently revised and expanded several times), embroiled t…

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Kronauer, Ulrich, “Malebranche, Nicolas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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