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Nicolas Malebranche (1638 – 1715) was a French rationalist philosopher. Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone.

Nicolas Malebranche

Nicolas Malebranche, Rationalist – Cartesian philosopher

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Quotations from Nicolas Malebranche

We are not our own light.

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.

One should assiduously pursue perfection without ever claiming to attain it.

We are made to know and love God.

As our bodies live upon the earth and find sustenance in the fruits which it produces, so our minds feed on the same truths as the intelligible and immutable substance of the divine Word contains.

I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations.

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone.

Prejudices are not easily got rid of as an old coat which is no longer thought of.

You find yourself in the world, without any power, immovable as a rock, stupid, so to speak, as a log of wood.

All creatures are united to God alone in an immediate union. They depend essentially and directly upon Him. Being all alike equally impotent, they cannot be in reciprocal dependence upon one another.

Do not fear lest you should meditate too much upon Him and speak of Him in an unworthy way, providing you are led by faith. Do not fear lest you should entertain false opinions of Him so long as they are in conformity with the notion of the infinitely perfect Being.

God joins us together by means of the body, in consequence of the laws of the communication of movements. He affects us with the same feelings in consequence of the laws of the conjunction of body and soul.

God transforms, so to speak, this air into words, into various sounds. He makes you understand these various sounds through the modifications by which you are affected.

He has willed – He wills incessantly – that the modifications of the mind and those of the body shall be reciprocal. This is the conjunction and the natural dependence of the two parts of which we are constituted.

I beg of you always to dwell upon the necessity of a thorough understanding of principles, in order to stop the vivacity of his mind, and please do not forget to meditate upon the subject of our discussion.

In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.

We see things in this material world, wherein our bodies dwell, only because our mind through its attention lives in another world, only because it contemplates the beauties of the archetypal and intelligible world which Reason contains.

You cannot of yourself move your arm or alter your position, situation, posture, do to other men good or evil, or effect the least change in the world.

You will not dishonor the divine perfections by judgments unworthy of them, provided you never judge of Him by yourself, provided you do not ascribe to the Creator the imperfections and limitations of created beings.

We see things in this material world, wherein our bodies dwell, only because our mind through its attention lives in another world, only because it contemplates the beauties of the archetypal and intelligible world which Reason contains.

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone.

I derive nothing whatever from my own nature, nothing from the nature imagined by the philosophers – all comes from God and His decrees.


COMMENTS on the Quotations from Nicolas Malebranche

You cannot of yourself move your arm or alter your position, situation, posture, do to other men good or evil, or effect the least change in the world. What is Malebranche trying to communicate with what appears to be an obvious self-evident falsehood?

In this connection, faith and experience teach us many truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings. Here, Malebranche appears to claim that if you trust his assertions you can quickly get through to the truths which he has discovered, and asserts.

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone. My problem is that his statements are simple assertions with no way of verifying their truth or falsity. We are forced to accept them as absolute truths and by doing so to be blessed by God’s grace. Perhaps it worked for him, but I must include Malebranche in my list of …

The Philosophers of The Endarkenment

Derrida, Gadamer, Heidegger, Husserl, Levinas, Malebranche.


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