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Reviews for Malebranche: Philosophical Selections (Hackett Classics):

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Dec 26, 2007

Eh, I read it for a class. I didn't hate it, I don't remember much about it, but I really like the guy's first name.
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Aug 03, 2011

Malebranche is difficult for me to read because I disagree with what he says more often than not (and most of his ideas are paraphrases of Descartes), but this collection is fairly well done.

His Dialogues on Metaphysics started out fairly easy to read an understand, but they eventually became too convoluted (which I think even he knew, since he revisited many of his earlier arguments through review at various points in the dialogues). Surprisingly, The Search After Truth was easier to comprehend Malebranche is difficult for me to read because I disagree with what he says more often than not (and most of his ideas are paraphrases of Descartes), but this collection is fairly well done.

His Dialogues on Metaphysics started out fairly easy to read an understand, but they eventually became too convoluted (which I think even he knew, since he revisited many of his earlier arguments through review at various points in the dialogues). Surprisingly, The Search After Truth was easier to comprehend than the dialogues, which is opposite from what I had thought.

I appreciate the translator's choice to put some important original phrases in parentheses next to the translation. This is something that I would have liked for some other philosophers, just because there are some important philosophical phrases that can get lost in translation.

All in all, I am rating the clarity and ease of reading/comprehension that this edition presents to the reader ... and not my own disagreement of Malebranche's philosophies. ...more
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Oct 10, 2016

I disagree with Malebranche so much that we probably would get into a fight if we were ever in the same bar, but this small collection of his work is easy to read and comprehend. I especially enjoyed that they included the original phrasing for important points. This makes it easier to cross-reference with the original text and sometimes things can get lost in translation.
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Jan 21, 2012

I honestly did not think I would like Malebranche. But when I read him, I found him to be quite an interesting philosopher, whose ideas actually held a little bit more reason than I would have expected (I was not going to give occassionalism any credit).

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