Nicolas Malebranche

Philosopher, born Paris, France, 1638; died there, 1715. After joining the Oratory he engaged in church history and scriptural studies till his activities were turned to philosophy by the "Traite de l'homme," of Descartes. In his "Recherche de la verite" he set forth the fundamentals of his own system, advocating occasionalism, maintaining that sensation and imagination are not produced in us by things but by God. His system, which would seem to lead towards pantheism and make God the author of sin, was attacked by Antoine Arnauld and Bossuet and was held in disfavor at Rome.

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