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  1. Spinoza's 'Ethics': An Introduction.Steven Nadler - 2006 - 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 2006 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, (...)
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  2. Spinoza and Consciousness.Steven Nadler - 2008 - Mind 117 (467):575-601.
    Most discussions of Spinoza and consciousness—and there are not many— conclude either that he does not have an account of consciousness, or that he does have one but that it is at best confused, at worst hopeless. I argue, in fact, that people have been looking in the wrong place for Spinoza's account of consciousness, namely, at his doctrine of "ideas of ideas". Indeed, Spinoza offers the possibility of a fairly sophisticated, naturalistic account of consciousness, one that grounds it in (...)
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    Spinoza on Lying and Suicide.Steven Nadler - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2):257-278.
    Spinoza is often taken to claim that suicide is never a rational act, that a ‘free’ person acting by the guidance of reason will never terminate his/her own existence. Spinoza also defends the prima facie counterintuitive claim that the rational person will never act dishonestly. This second claim can, in fact, be justified when Spinoza's moral psychology and account of motivation are properly understood. Moreover, making sense of the free man's exception-less honesty in this way also helps to clarify how (...)
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    Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians.Steven Nadler - 2010 - 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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  5. "No Necessary Connection": The Medieval Roots of the Occasionalist Roots of Hume.Steven Nadler - 1996 - The Monist 79 (3):448-466.
    In the not too distant past, it was common to treat Hume's skeptical doubts regarding the justification of our beliefs in causal connections—understood as necessary connections between objects or events—as having appeared per conceptionem immaculatam in his post-Cartesian mind. Thanks to recent efforts by scholars in early modern philosophy, however, we are now more informed about the roots of Hume's conclusions in Cartesian thought itself, especially the influence of Malebranche and his arguments for occasionalism. And by the research of historians (...)
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    On Spinoza's 'Free Man'.Steven Nadler - 2015 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1 (1):103-120.
    In this paper, I examine Spinoza's 'model of human nature' in the Ethics, and especially his notion of the 'free man'. I argue that, contrary to usual interpretations, the free man is not an individual without passions and inadequate ideas but rather an individual who is able consistently to live according to the guidance of reason. Therefore, it is not an impossible and unattainable ideal or incoherent concept, as has often been claimed, but a very realizable goal for the achievement (...)
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    Descartes and Occasional Causation.Steven Nadler - 1994 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 2 (1):35 – 54.
    After a brief analysis of the nature of occasional causation, distinguishing it from both efficient causation and the doctrine of occasionalism, it is argued that this model of causation informs Descartes' account of the generation of sensory ideas in the mind. It is further argued that, consequently, Descartes is not an occasionalist on this matter.
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  8. Causation in Early Modern Philosophy.Steven NADLER (ed.) - 1993 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
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    Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind.Steven Nadler - 2001 - 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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  10. Occasionalism and General Will in Malebranche.Steven M. Nadler - 1993 - 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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  11. The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche.Steven Nadler (ed.) - 2000 - 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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    Baruch Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Malebranche and Ideas.Treatise on Nature and Grace.Steven M. Nadler - 1992 - 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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  14. Whatever is, is God" : Substance and Things in Spinoza's Metaphysics.Steven Nadler - 2008 - In Charles Huenemann (ed.), Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  15. Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony.Steven NADLER (ed.) - 1992 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    Three general accounts of causation stand out in early modern philosophy: Cartesian interactionism, occasionalism, and Leibniz's preestablished harmony. The contributors to this volume examine these theories in their philosophical and historical context. They address them both as a means for answering specific questions regarding causal relations and in their relation to one another, in particular, comparing occasionalism and the preestablished harmony as responses to Descartes's metaphysics and physics and the Cartesian account of causation. Philosophers discussed include Descartes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Arnauld, (...)
     
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    The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes.Steven Nadler - 2013 - 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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    Arnauld, Descartes, and Transubstantiation: Reconciling Cartesian Metaphysics and Real Presence.Steven M. Nadler - 1988 - Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (2):229.
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    Louis de la Forge and the Development of Occasionalism: Continuous Creation and the Activity of the Soul.Steven M. Nadler - 1998 - 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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    5 Malebranche on Causation.Steven Nadler - 2000 - In Steven M. Nadler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche. Cambridge University Press. pp. 112.
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    Cordemoy and Occasionalism.Steven M. Nadler - 2005 - 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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    Malebranche's Occasionalism: A Reply to Clarke.Steven M. Nadler - 1995 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 33 (3):505-508.
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    Arnauld's God.Steven Nadler - 2008 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 46 (4):pp. 517-538.
    In this paper, I argue that Arnauld’s conception of God is more radical than scholars have been willing to allow. It is not the case that, for Arnauld, God acts for reasons, with His will guided by wisdom (much as the God of Malebranche and Leibniz acts), albeit by a wisdom impenetrable to us. Arnauld’s objections to Malebranche are directed not only at the claim that God’s wisdom is transparent to human reason, but at the whole distinction between will and (...)
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    A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy.Steven Nadler (ed.) - 2002 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _ A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy_ is a comprehensive guide to the most significant philosophers and philosophical concepts of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. Provides a comprehensive guide to all the important modern philosophers and modern philosophical movements. Spans a wide range of philosophical areas and problems, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics. Written by leading scholars in the field. Represents the most up-to-date research in the history of early modern philosophy. Serves as an excellent (...)
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    The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche. [REVIEW]Catherine Wilson & Steven Nadler - 2002 - Philosophical Review 111 (1):108.
    The French philosopher and theologian Nicholas 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 the religious Platonism of St. Augustine. 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 (...)
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    The Art of Cartesianism: The Illustrations of Clerselier’s Edition of Descartes’s Traité de L’Homme.Steven Nadler - 2016 - In Stephen Gaukroger & Delphine Antoine-Mahut (eds.), Descartes' Treatise on Man and its Reception. Springer.
    One of the more difficult tasks that Clerselier faced in bringing out his 1664 edition of the Traité de l'homme was securing the illustrations, eventually composed by La Forge and Gutschoven. After considering the chronology of this frustrating process, which is interesting in its own right, I will examine the illustrations themselves, comparing them with Schuyl’s illustrations for his 1662 Latin edition, and especially in the light of what Clerselier says were the intended purpose of such illustrations.
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    Scientific Certainty and the Creation of the Eternal Truths: A Problem in Descartes.Steven M. Nadler - 1987 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 25 (2):175-192.
  27. Deduction, Confirmation, and the Laws of Nature in Descartes's Principia Philosophiae.Steven M. Nadler - 1990 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 28 (3):359-383.
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    Thought's Ego in Augustine and Descartes.Steven Nadler - 1994 - Philosophical Review 103 (2):362.
  29. The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil.Steven M. Nadler - 2008 - 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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    The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil in the Age of Reason.Steven M. Nadler - 2008 - 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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  31. Choosing a Theodicy: The Leibniz-Malebranche-Arnauld Connection.Steven Nadler - 1994 - Journal of the History of Ideas 55 (4):573-589.
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    Knowledge, Volitional Agency and Causation in Malebranche and Geulincx.Steven Nadler - 1999 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (2):263 – 274.
  33. Occasionalism and the Mind-Body Problem.Steven Nadler - 1997 - In M. A. Stewart (ed.), Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy. Clarendon Press.
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    The Jewish Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2009 - Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (3):491-510.
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    Reid, Arnauld and the Objects of Perception.Steven M. Nadler - 1986 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 3 (2):165 - 173.
  36. Malebranche: Philosophical Selections.Steven Nadler (ed.) - 1992 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    These substantial selections from _The Search after Truth_, _Elucidations of the Search after Truth_, _Dialogues on Metaphysics_, and _Treatise on Nature and Grace_, provide the student of modern philosophy with both a broad view of Malebranche's philosophical system and a detailed picture of his most important doctrines. Malebranche's occasionalism, his theory of knowledge and the 'vision in God', and his writings on theodicy and freedom are solidly represented.
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    Cartesianism and Port-Royal.Steven Nadler - 1988 - The Monist 71 (4):573-584.
    Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, Port-Royal was not a bastion of cartesianism. In fact, Of all the port-Royalists of the seventeenth century, Only arnauld can be considered a cartesian in any interesting sense. Most of the others associated with the order were hostile to the new philosophy and actively campaigned against it, Believing it to pose a threat to piety and "true" religion. This can be seen by examining the writings of de sacy, Du vaucel, And nicole, (...)
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    Descartes: An Intellectual Biography by Stephen Gaukroger. [REVIEW]Steven Nadler - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (2):101-104.
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    Spinoza, Leibniz, and the Gods of Philosophy.Steven Nadler - 2011 - In Smith Justin & Fraenkel Carlos (eds.), The Rationalists. Springer/Synthese. pp. 167--182.
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    Acknowledgments.Steven Nadler - 2013 - In The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes. Princeton University Press.
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    Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.Daniel Garber & Steven M. Nadler (eds.) - 2006 - 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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    Eternity and Immortality in Spinoza's Ethics.Steven Nadler - 2002 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 26 (1):224–244.
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    5. Spinoza in the Garden of Good and Evil.Steven M. Nadler - 2001 - In Michael J. Latzer & Elmar J. Kremer (eds.), The Problem of Evil in Early Modern Philosophy. University of Toronto Press. pp. 66-80.
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    Malebranche and Ideas.Treatise on Nature and Grace.Lisa Downing, Steven Nadler, Nicolas Malebranche & Patrick Riley - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (1):122.
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    Radical Enlightenment.Steven Nadler - 2002 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (2):289 – 294.
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    Spinoza: L'expérience et l'éternité.Steven M. Nadler - 1996 - 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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    Malebranche and the Vision in God: A Note on The Search After Truth, III, 2, Iii.Steven Nadler - 1991 - Journal of the History of Ideas 52 (2):309-314.
  48. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Volume I.Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Oxford University Press is proud to announce an annual volume presenting a selection of the best new work in the history of philosophy.Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy will focus on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - the period that begins, very roughly, with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. It will also publish papers on thinkers or movements outside of that framework, provided they are important in illuminating early modern thought. The core of the subject matter will, (...)
     
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  49. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Volume Ii.Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.) - 2005 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Oxford University Press is proud to present the second volume in a new annual series, presenting a selection of the best current work in the history of philosophy.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 will also publish papers on thinkers or movements outside of that framework, provided they are important in illuminating early modern (...)
     
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  50. Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy: Volume Iii.Daniel Garber & Steven Nadler (eds.) - 2006 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Table of Contents Note from the Editors 1. Deflating Descartes’ Causal Axiom, Tad Schmaltz 2. The Dustbin Theory of Mind: A Cartesian Legacy?, Lawrence Nolan and John Whipple 3. Is Descartes a Libertarian?, C. P. Ragland 4. The Scholastic Resources for Descartes’ Concept of God as Causa Sui, Richard Lee 5. Hobbesian Mechanics, Doug Jesseph 6. Locks, Schlocks, and Poisoned Peas: Boyle on Actual and Dispositive Qualities, Dan Kaufman 7. Atomism, Monism, and Causation in the Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish, (...)
     
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