Réflexions sur la prémotion physique.
Malebranche, Nicolas de.

Paris: Michel David, 1715. First edition. Extremities lightly rubbed. A very good copy. Quarter nineteenth-century red morocco over decorative boards. Spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. Twelvemo. [4], 351, [5] pp. (Item ID: 12015)


This is the last book of Nicolas de Malebranche (1638-1715), the famous Cartesian philosopher. It was written as a retort to Laurent Boursier’s De l’Action de Dieu sur les créatures. Boursier maintained that Malebranche’s philosophy of occasionalism leads naturally to the Thomistic position that God determines our action by means of a “physical premotion.” Malebranche responded that our free action involves a “consent” that God does not determine.

Cioranescu 44889 ; Brunet III-1336.

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