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  1. Ni·co·las de [nee-kaw-lah duh] /ni kɔˈlɑ də/, 1638–1715, French philosopher.
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Historical Examples

  • He derives much from Malebranche, and it may be said he only pushes his theories to their extreme.

    Initiation into Philosophy

    Emile Faguet

  • In the transition from dualism to monism Malebranche served as a mediator.

  • Tradition will have that it sheltered the reveries of Malebranche.

  • Malebranche's Search after Truth had been translated from the French not long before.

  • Malebranche: (Priest and philosopher, 17th c.) We see all in God, who is in fact our soul.

British Dictionary definitions for malebranche


  1. Nicolas (nikɔlɑ). 1638–1715, French philosopher. Originally a follower of Descartes, he developed the philosophy of occasionalism, esp in De la recherche de la vérité (1674)
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