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  1. Steven M. Nadler (2013). The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes. Princeton University Press.
    "--Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania ""The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter" is an excellent introduction for general readers to Descartes and his thought. Nadler brings the story and ideas to life.
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  2. Steven M. Nadler (2011). Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians. Oxford University Press.
    These essays examine the philosophical, scientific, theological and religious themes and arguments of occasionalism, as well as its roots in medieval views on ...
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  3. Steven M. Nadler (2008). The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    Leibniz in Paris -- Philosophy on the Left Bank -- Le Grand Arnauld -- Theodicy -- The kingdoms of nature and grace -- Touch the mountains and they smoke -- The eternal truths -- The specter of Spinoza.
     
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  4. Steven M. Nadler (2008/2010). The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason. Princeton University Press.
    Leibniz in Paris -- Philosophy on the Left Bank -- Le Grand Arnauld -- Theodicy -- The kingdoms of nature and grace -- "Touch the mountains and they smoke" -- The eternal truths -- The specter of Spinoza.
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  5. Daniel Garber & Steven M. Nadler (eds.) (2006). Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
    Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy focuses on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--the extraordinary period of intellectual flourishing that begins, very roughly, with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. It also publishes papers on thinkers or movements outside of that framework, provided they are important in illuminating early modern thought.
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  6. Steven M. Nadler (2006). Spinoza's Ethics: An Introduction. Cambridge University Press.
    Spinoza's Ethics is one of the most remarkable, important, and difficult books in the history of philosophy: a treatise simultaneously on metaphysics, knowledge, philosophical psychology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. It presents, in Spinoza's famous 'geometric method', his radical views on God, Nature, the human being, and happiness. In this wide-ranging introduction to the work, Steven Nadler explains the doctrines and arguments of the Ethics, and shows why Spinoza's endlessly fascinating ideas may have been so troubling to his contemporaries, as (...)
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  7. Steven M. Nadler (2005). Cordemoy and Occasionalism. Journal of the History of Philosophy 43 (1):37-54.
    This is an examination of the nature and extent of Cordemoy's commitment to the doctrine of occasionalism.
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  8. Steven M. Nadler (2004). Causa Sive Ratio. La Raison de la Cause, de Suarez a Leibniz (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (4):493-494.
  9. Steven M. Nadler, Manfred Walther & Elhanan Yakira (2003). Spinoza and Jewish Identity.
     
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  10. Steven M. Nadler (ed.) (2002). A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy. Blackwell Pub..
  11. Steven M. Nadler (2001). Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind. Oxford University Press.
    Why was the great philosopher Spinoza expelled from his Portuguese-Jewish community in Amsterdam? Nadler's investigation of this simple question gives fascinating new perspectives on Spinoza's thought and the Jewish religious and philosophical tradition from which it arose.
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  12. Steven M. Nadler (2001). Gersonides on Providence: A Jewish Chapter in the History of the General Will. Journal of the History of Ideas 62 (1):37-57.
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  13. Steven M. Nadler (2000). Deux Cartesiens: La Polemique Arnauld Malebranche (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (4):595-597.
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  14. Steven M. Nadler (ed.) (2000). The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche. Cambridge University Press.
    The French philosopher and theologian Nicolas Malebranche was one of the most important thinkers of the early modern period. A bold and unorthodox thinker, he tried to synthesize the new philosophy of Descartes with religious Platonism. This is the first collection of essays to address Malebranche's thought comprehensively and systematically. There are chapters devoted to Malebranche's metaphysics, his doctrine of the soul, his epistemology, the celebrated debate with Arnauld, his philosophical method, his occasionalism and theory of causality, his philosophical theology, (...)
     
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  15. Steven M. Nadler (2000). New Essays on the Rationalists (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (3):437-439.
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  16. Steven M. Nadler (1999). Spinoza a Life. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  17. Steven M. Nadler (1998). Descartes and Augustine (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (4):625-627.
  18. Steven M. Nadler (1998). Louis de la Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul. Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (2):215-231.
    Louis de La Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul STEVEN NADLER THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINE CONSERVATION is a dangerous one. It is not theologi- cally dangerous, at least not in itself. From the thirteenth century onwards, and particularly with the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas, the notion of the continuous divine sustenance of the world of created things was, if not univer- sally accepted, a nonetheless common feature of theological orthodoxy, Chris- tian (...)
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  19. Steven M. Nadler (1998). Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (2):321-322.
  20. Steven M. Nadler (1997). Representational Ideas: From Plato to Patricia Churchland (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 35 (3):477-480.
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  21. Steven M. Nadler (1997). The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza, And: Spinoza: The Letters (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 35 (1):140-142.
  22. Steven M. Nadler (1997). Descartes's Demon and the Madness of Don Quixote. Journal of the History of Ideas 58 (1):41-55.
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  23. Steven M. Nadler (1996). Spinoza: L'expérience et l'éternité (review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):143-145.
    BOOK REVIEWS 143 level of ignorance. I was, for example, surprised to learn that haecceitas is a compara- tively rare term in Scotus rather than signate matter. In his Introduction and Epilogue Gracia nicely counterbalances the tendency to- ward fragmentation stemming from the disparate accounts of individuality in the various thinkers represented in the volume. He does this, first, by highlighting for the reader the basic issues surrounding the problem of individuality, such as the concep- tion of individuality, the extension (...)
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  24. Steven M. Nadler (1995). Malebranche's Occasionalism: A Reply to Clarke. Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (3):505-508.
  25. Steven M. Nadler (1994). Descartes and the Dutch: Early Reactions to Cartesian Philosophy, 1637-1650 (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 32 (4):672-673.
  26. Steven M. Nadler (1993). Bibliographia Malebranchiana: A Critical Guide to the Malebranche Literature Into 1989 (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (4):633-634.
  27. Steven M. Nadler (1993). Occasionalism and General Will in Malebranche. Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (1):31-47.
    This paper examines a common misreading of the mechanics of Malebranche's doctrine of divine causal agency, occasionalism, and its roots in a related misreading of Malebranche's theories. God, contrary to this misreading, is for Malebranche constantly and actively causally engaged in the world, and does not just establish certain laws of nature. The key is in understanding just what Malebranche means by general volitions'.
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  28. Steven M. Nadler (1993). The Collected Essays of Gregor Sebba: Truth, History and the Imagination (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 31 (3):477-478.
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  29. Nicolas Malebranche & Steven M. Nadler (1992). Philosophical Selections From the Search After Truth, Dialogues on Metaphysics, Treatise on Nature and Grace. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  30. Steven M. Nadler (1992). Antoine Arnauld: On True and False Ideas, And: Antoine Arnauld: On True and False Ideas: New Objections to Descartes' Meditations and Descartes' Replies (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (1):140-143.
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  31. Steven M. Nadler (1992). Arnauld and the Cartesian Philosophy of Ideas. Philosophical Review 101 (3):644-647.
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  32. Steven M. Nadler (ed.) (1992). Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony. Penn State University Press.
     
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  33. Steven M. Nadler (1992). Malebranche and Ideas. Oxford University Press.
    Nicolas Malebranche's account of the nature of ideas and their role in knowledge and perception has been greatly misunderstood by both his critics and commentators. In this work, Nadler examines Malebranche's theory of ideas and the doctrine of the vision in God with the aim of replacing the standard interpretation of Malebranche's account with a new reading. He argues that Malebranche's ideas should be seen as essences or logical concepts, and that our apprehension of them is thus of a purely (...)
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  34. Steven M. Nadler (1991). Leibniz and Arnauld: A Commentary on Their Correspondence (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (3):494-496.
  35. Steven M. Nadler (1990). Berkeley's Ideas and the Primary/Secondary Distinction. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):47-61.
  36. Steven M. Nadler (1990). Deduction, Confirmation, and the Laws of Nature in Descartes's. Journal of the History of Philosophy 28 (3).
  37. Steven M. Nadler (1990). Deduction, Confirmation, and the Laws of Nature in Descartes's Principia Philosophiae. Journal of the History of Philosophy 28 (3):359-383.
  38. Steven M. Nadler (1988). Arnauld, Descartes, and Transubstantiation: Reconciling Cartesian Metaphysics and Real Presence. Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (2):229.
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  39. Steven M. Nadler (1988). Neither Angel nor Beast. The Life and Work of Blaise Pascal. Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (3):489-490.
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  40. Steven M. Nadler (1988). Review. [REVIEW] Synthese 77 (3):409-413.
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  41. Steven M. Nadler (1987). Scientific Certainty and the Creation of the Eternal Truths: A Problem in Descartes. Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):175-192.
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  42. Steven M. Nadler (1986). Reid, Arnauld and the Objects of Perception. History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (2):165 - 173.