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Continuing from part one on Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), ch. 1-4.
We talk about the character of the intelligible world: It resists certain thoughts, like you can't make 2+2=5. It has the intelligible idea of extension in it, which is what substance in the physical world is modeled after. This is an idea that is given to us as infinite: Space is infinitely big in theory. So what actually is experience given all this? Malebranche says that we don't actually experience the physical world, only our own ideas, yet we can't actually fit infinity into our minds to experience these clear and distinct ideas like substance in their totality.
In the full episode, we also cover how we generate general concepts, Malebranche's argument for the existence of God, the extent to which we actually see God, original sin, and more.
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