In H. Martyn Lloyd (ed.), Sensibilité: The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment. Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (forthcoming)
|Abstract||This paper explores the details of Malebranche’s philosophy of mind, paying particular attention to the mind-body relationship and the role of the imagination and the passions. I demonstrate that Malebranche has available an alternative to his deontological ethical system: the alternative I expose is based around his account of the embodied aspects of the mind and the sensations experienced in perception. I argue that Hume, a philosopher already indebted to Malebranche for much inspiration, likely read Malebranche in the positive way that I here describe him. Malebranche should therefore be acknowledged as a serious influence on Enlightenment philosophy of sensibility.|
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