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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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    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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  3. 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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  4. A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age.Steven Nadler - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
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    On Spinoza’s '''Free Man'''.Steven Nadler - 2015 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1 (1):103--120.
    ABSTRACT ABSTRACT: 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 (...)
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  6. Choosing a Theodicy: The Leibniz-Malebranche-Arnauld Connection.Steven Nadler - 1994 - Journal of the History of Ideas 55 (4):573-589.
  7. 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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  8. "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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    Baruch Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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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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  11. A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age.Steven Nadler - 2011 - Princeton University Press.
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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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    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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  14. 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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  15. 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.
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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    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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    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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    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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  23. Causation in Early Modern Philosophy.Steven NADLER (ed.) - 1993 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
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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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    Reconceiving Spinoza by Samuel Newlands.Steven Nadler - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (2):346-347.
    In 1969, Edwin Curley published his Spinoza's Metaphysics: An Essay in Interpretation. It was a groundbreaking book in which Curley offers a bold and original account of Spinoza's metaphysical theses. In his highly unorthodox but hugely influential reading, he tries to mitigate some of the ontological oddity of Spinoza's claims that "whatever is, is in God," that "from God infinite things follow in infinite ways," and that mind and body are "one and the same thing," by giving them a strictly (...)
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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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    Richard A. "Red" Watson, 1930–2019.Steven Nadler - 2020 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 58 (1):vii-ix.
    On September 18, 2019, the Cartesian scholar Richard A. Watson, known to his family, friends, and colleagues as "Red," passed away at the age of 88.watson was born in 1930 in new market, Iowa, where he met his wife Patty Jo in middle school. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Iowa, studying under Richard H. Popkin. After a brief stint teaching at the University of Michigan, Watson spent most of his career at Washington (...)
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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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  30. Spinoza's Heresy. Immortality and the Jewish Mind.Steven Nadler - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (3):614-615.
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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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    Spinoza: Philosophe Grammairien Ed. By Jean Baumgarten, Irène Rosier-Catach, and Pina Totaro.Steven Nadler - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (4):756-758.
    Spinoza's Compendium of Hebrew Grammar has not been well served by scholarship. Serious studies of it are few and far between, and it has generally been ignored by philosophers, including seasoned Spinoza scholars. In fact, I am willing to bet that most people would be surprised to learn that Spinoza wrote a Hebrew grammar.Even Spinoza's closest friends did not know what to make of this work, composed most likely in the early 1670s, just after the publication of the Theological-Political Treatise. (...)
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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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    Spinoza and Menasseh Ben Israel: Facts and Fictions.Steven Nadler - 2019 - Journal of the History of Ideas 80 (4):533-554.
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  35. Spinoza.Steven Nadler, Frans van Zetten & Margaret Gullan-Whur - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 64 (3):571-572.
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    Thought's Ego in Augustine and Descartes.Steven Nadler - 1994 - Philosophical Review 103 (2):362.
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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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    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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  40. The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche.Steven Nadler - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (207):258-261.
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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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  42. The Occasionalism of Louis de la Forge.Steven Nadler - 1993 - In Causation in Early Modern Philosophy. Pennsylvania State University Press. pp. 57--73.
  43. 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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    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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    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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    Berkeley’s Ideas and the Primary/Secondary Distinction.Steven Nadler - 1990 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):47-61.
    Part of Berkeley's strategy in his attack on materialism in the Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous is to argue that the epistemological distinction between ideas of so-called primary qualities and ideas of secondary qualities, especially as this distinction is found in Locke, is untenable. Both kinds of ideas-those presenting to the mind the quantifiable properties of bodies and those which are just sensations -are equally perceptions in the mind, and there is no reason to believe that one kind represents (...)
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  47. A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy.Steven Nadler - 2004 - Philosophical Quarterly 54 (216):473-476.
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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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    The Jewish Spinoza.Steven Nadler - 2009 - Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (3):491-510.
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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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