He wrote his dissertation on Malebranche
in 1932 and initially established himself as an expert on early modern philosophy.
His mention of Leonardo da Vinci, Malebranche
, Goethe and others as people given to, "Purely disinterested activity of the mind" (p.
If we observe that 150 years earlier, Descartes and Malebranche
declared confidently that animals were nothing more than "unconscious automatons, possessing neither thought, nor sensitivity, nor mental life of any kind," we can see how far we had come by Darwin's time.
A "crisis," Arendt says, is something like a secularized iteration of what the early modern thinker Nicolas Malebranche
would call an occasio: it is an event whose irruption into, and effects upon, everyday life cannot be explained by human reason.
Many of the poems center around theology and various musings on God and his existence, including those of Descartes, Pascal, Augustine, Malebranche
, and Dante, often through dialogue with these thinkers of the past.
Defining it positively has proved troublesome: Charles Bonnet called it a force of the soul, and a variety of thinkers, from Malebranche
to Simone Weil, Walter Benjamin, and Paul Celan, have identified it as the "natural prayer of the soul.
I finish with an example of this from Simondon's reading of Malebranche
2011; Coles, 2008, 2009; Malebranche
, Fields, Bryant & Harper, 2009).
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Research has suggested that there are some African-American men who do not self-identify as gay or bisexual, but do in fact have sex with both men and women (Millet, Malebranche
, Mason & Spikes, 2005).
Walter Benjamin quotes this French philosopher Malebranche
, saying, 'Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul.
16) In discussing the China cult in Enlightenment Europe, Clarke refers to the enthusiasms for China of these authors: (English) Sir William Temple, John Webb, Sir William Chambers, the deists (David Hume and Matthew Tindal), Alexander Cozens and his son John, and Oliver Goldsmith (1762); (French) Montaigne (late sixteenth century), La Mothe le Voyer (1642), Isaac Vossius (1660), Malebranche
(late seventeenth century), Pierre Bayle (late seventeenth century), the works of the French Jesuits, Jean-Baptiste Du Halde (1735), Marquis d'Argens (1739), Voltaire (1755), Diderot, Helvetius, and Francois Quesnay (1767); (German) Leibniz (late seventeenth and early eighteenth century) and Christian Wolff (eighteenth century).