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1721 Malebranche Philosophy Search After Truth Nature & Grace Metaphysics 4v

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

– Nicolas Malebranche

A rare edition of Malebranche’s principal and most important work – “Concerning the Search after Truth.” This book would lay the foundation for all of Malebranche’s philosophical ideas and reputation. He primarily focused on human error and the existence of God within human nature. This edition also includes his “Treatise on Nature and Grace.” This work was written with the sole purpose of generalizing, clarifying, and commenting on God’s miracles and actions toward man. The book was eventually placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1690 after disputes over its contents couldn’t be settled. John Locke is known to have described Malebranche as “an acute and ingenious author” but obviously, not everyone saw his work in such light.

Item number: #6432

Price: $599


De la recherche de la verité, où l'on traite de la nature de l'esprit de l'homme, & de l'usage qu'il en doit faire pour éviter l'erreur dans les sciences. Septiéme édition. Revûë & augmentée de plusieurs eclaircissemens

A Paris : Chez Michel-Etienne David, 1721.


Collation: Complete with all pages; 4 volumes

Vol. I – [64], 552

Vol. II – [2], 615, [9]

Vol. III – [24], 555, [5], 11, [1]

Vol. IV – [12], 652, [2]

Language: French

Binding: Leather; tight & secure

Size: ~6.5in X 4in (16.5cm x 10cm)

Quite rare with auction records and price comparisons at upwards of $1500

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1721 Malebranche Philosophy Search After Truth Nature

Estimate $599 - $1,200Apr 7, 2019