Jan 1, 2011

Nicolas Malebranche, 1638-1715, was the most influential Cartesian of his day. He developed a number of themes in Descartes's philosophy, most notably the account of the material world as consisting of extended bodies whose changes are governed by laws of motion. It is of note that although Malebranche adopted Descartes's three laws of motion in modified form, he modified his account when Leibniz pointed out that they were erroneous. (For Leibniz's assessment of Malebranche, see "Conversation of Philarète and Ariste," in the Leibniz text.) Malebranche is best known for those of his doctrines that were not congenial to Descartes's philosophy.
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