Notes to Malebranche's Theory of Ideas and Vision in God

1. Incidentally, Malebranche belongs to a tradition even older than Augustine and Aquinas which finds philosophical significance in claims made about the Word in the prologue to St. John's Gospel: the Word is not just the second person of the Trinity but the divine Logos which has links with the Stoic philosophical tradition, which includes such thinkers as Philo of Alexandria.

Copyright © 2013 by
Lawrence Nolan <>

Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative.
Please Read How You Can Help Keep the Encyclopedia Free

The SEP would like to congratulate the National Endowment for the Humanities on its 50th anniversary and express our indebtedness for the five generous grants it awarded our project from 1997 to 2007. Readers who have benefited from the SEP are encouraged to examine the NEH’s anniversary page and, if inspired to do so, send a testimonial to