Malebranche and the powers of imagination

Author/s Raffaele Carbone, Koen Vermeir
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/4
Language French Pages 9 P. 661-669 File size 478 KB
DOI 10.3280/SF2012-004001
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Malebranche’s ideas about the imagination have inspired philosophers over the centuries. Drawing on the writings of Aristotle, Bacon, Descartes and many other sources, Malebranche created his own innovative theory. It is especially his work on the force of the imagination, however, that was to be of lasting influence. In this introductory article, we briefly discuss Malebranche’s theory of the imagination and point out its role in mathematics, contagion of ideas, monstrous births, errors of the mind and rhetoric.

Keywords: Malebranche’s sources, Malebranche’s influence, faculties of the mind, body, force of imagination, Bacon

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Raffaele Carbone, Koen Vermeir, Malebranche et les pouvoirs de l’imagination in "RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA" 4/2012, pp 661-669, DOI: 10.3280/SF2012-004001