Throughout Malebranche’s works, he always allows that God acting by particular volitions is possible. It seems incontrovertible that creation was an act of a particular volition of God. But is there anywhere in his works where he explicitly identifies another act of particular willing of God? It seems that events surrounding Christ (or perhaps even Original Sin?) would be good candidates for particular volitions — but does Malebranche ever bite the bullet and outright state that they are so? [At the very end of his Treatise on Nature and Grace, in the Illuminations of this work, Malebranche seems to indicate that between Original Sin and Christ, anyone who was saved was saved by a particular volition of God (the elect were few in number). It isn’t clear to me how to fit this statement into his general view.]
Any comments or thoughts would be most welcome!