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Journal of the History of Philosophy 50 (1):21-52 (2012)
Nicolas Malebranche Famously holds that we see all things in the physical world by means of ideas in God. This is the doctrine of Vision in God. In his initial formulation of the doctrine in the first edition of the Search After Truth (1674), Malebranche seems to posit ideas of particular physical objects in God, such as the idea of the sun or the idea of a tree. However, in Elucidations of the Search published four years later he insists that there is only one idea of extension and it is general.1 Malebranche refers to this idea as "intelligible extension," in part because he thinks that we confuse it with its object, material extension, which he takes to be unintelligible in itself. By insisting upon a ..
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