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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. A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age.Steven Nadler - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
    The story of one of the most important—and incendiary—books in Western history When it appeared in 1670, Baruch Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise was denounced as the most dangerous book ever published—"godless," "full of abominations," "a book forged in hell... by the devil himself." Religious and secular authorities saw it as a threat to faith, social and political harmony, and everyday morality, and its author was almost universally regarded as a religious subversive and political radical who sought to spread atheism throughout Europe. (...)
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  3. Spinoza a Life.Steven Nadler - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    Baruch Spinoza was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also arguably the most radical and controversial. This was the first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research. More than simply recounting the story of Spinoza's life, the book takes the reader right into the heart of Jewish Amsterdam in the seventeenth century and, with Spinoza's exile from Judaism, right into the midst of the tumultuous political, social, intellectual and (...)
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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. 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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  6. 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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    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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  8. A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age.Steven Nadler - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
    The story of one of the most important—and incendiary—books in Western history When it appeared in 1670, Baruch Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise was denounced as the most dangerous book ever published—"godless," "full of abominations," "a book forged in hell... by the devil himself." Religious and secular authorities saw it as a threat to faith, social and political harmony, and everyday morality, and its author was almost universally regarded as a religious subversive and political radical who sought to spread atheism throughout Europe. (...)
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  9. "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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  10. Arnauld and the Cartesian philosophy of ideas.Steven M. NADLER - 1989 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 181 (1):110-111.
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    Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind.Steven M. 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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    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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    The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism.Steven Nadler, Tad M. Schmaltz & Delphine Antoine-Mahut (eds.) - 2019 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
    The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism comprises fifty specially written chapters on Rene Descartes and Cartesianism, the dominant paradigm for philosophy and science in the seventeenth century, written by an international group of leading scholars of early modern philosophy. The first part focuses on the various aspects of Descartes's biography and philosophy, with chapters on his epistemology, method, metaphysics, physics, mathematics, moral philosophy, political thought, medical thought, and aesthetics. The chapters of the second part are devoted to the defense, (...)
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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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  15. 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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    Baruch Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony.Steven Nadler (ed.) - 1989 - 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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  18. 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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    Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die.Steven Nadler - 2020 - Princeton University Press.
    From Pulitzer Prize-finalist Steven Nadler, an engaging guide to what Spinoza can teach us about life’s big questions In 1656, after being excommunicated from Amsterdam’s Portuguese-Jewish community for “abominable heresies” and “monstrous deeds,” the young Baruch Spinoza abandoned his family’s import business to dedicate his life to philosophy. He quickly became notorious across Europe for his views on God, the Bible, and miracles, as well as for his uncompromising defense of free thought. Yet the radicalism of Spinoza’s views has long (...)
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  20. Doctrines of Explanation in Late Scholasticism and in the Mechanical Philosophy.Steven Nadler - 1998 - In Daniel Garber & Michael Ayers (eds.), The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 2--513.
     
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  21. Spinoza.Steven Nadler, Frans van Zetten & Margaret Gullan-Whur - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (3):571-572.
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    Causation in Early Modern Philosophy: Cartesianism, Occasionalism, and Preestablished Harmony.Steven M. 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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  23. Spinoza's Heresy. Immortality and the Jewish Mind.Steven Nadler - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (3):614-615.
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  24. 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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    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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    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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    Arnauld, Descartes, and Transubstantiation: Reconciling Cartesian Metaphysics and Real Presence.Steven M. Nadler - 1988 - Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (2):229.
  28. 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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    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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    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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    The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes.Steven M. 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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  32. The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche.Steven Nadler - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (207):258-261.
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  33. The Occasionalism of Louis de la Forge.Steven Nadler - 1993 - In Causation in Early Modern Philosophy. Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 57--73.
     
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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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    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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    Thought's Ego in Augustine and Descartes.Steven Nadler - 1994 - Philosophical Review 103 (2):362.
  42. Occasionalism and the Mind-Body Problem.Steven Nadler - 1997 - In M. A. Stewart (ed.), Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy. Clarendon Press.
  43. 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.
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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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    Œuvres Vol. IV: Ethica/Éthique by Baruch Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2021 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 59 (3):515-517.
    The world of Spinoza scholarship has seen a number of remarkable achievements in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. There was the publication of an expanded, two-volume edition of Jakob Freudenthal's Die Lebensgeschichte Spinozas by Manfred Walther and Michael Czelinski in 2006, an indispensable resource for documents related to Spinoza's life and writings. Then there was the stunning discovery by Leen Spruit in 2010 of a manuscript of Spinoza's Ethics in the Vatican Library—the first extant copy.Most important of (...)
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    Snapshot: Spinoza’s Bookshelf.Steven Nadler - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 94:40-44.
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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.
  50. A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy.Steven Nadler - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):473-476.
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