Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) is one of the most important philosophers of the seventeenth century after Descartes. A pioneer of rationalism, he was one of the first to champion and to further Cartesian ideas.
Andrew Pyle places Malebranche's work in the context of Descartes
and other philosophers, and also in its relation to ideas about
faith and reason. He examines the entirety of Malebranche's
writings, including the famous The Search After Truth,
which was admired and criticized by both Leibniz and Locke. Pyle
presents an integrated account of Malebranche's central theses,
occasionalism and 'vision in God', before exploring and assessing
Malebranche's contribution to debates on physics and biology, and
his views on the soul, self-knowledge, grace and the freedom of the
This penetrating and wide-ranging study will be of interest to not
only philosophers, but also to historians of science and
philosophy, theologians, and students of the Enlightenment or
seventeenth century thought.