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Pensées by Blaise Pascal

Pensées (1669)

by Blaise Pascal

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  ajapt | Dec 30, 2018 |
Many of the fragments are interesting ("The Wager," of course; there's also a passage on the relativity of motion that seems proto-Einsteinian; the "kneel and believe" passage is far less substantial than Althusser might lead you to believe: better off rereading Althusser); but the larger part of the Pensées is taken up with tedious wrangling over obsolete theological niceties, such as typological arguments for Christ's divinity (i.e., New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy) and seemingly endless brooding over the role of the Jews in Christian soteriology. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
An interesting take on a defense of Christianity by a renowned mathematician. Caution: This is not really a book, but a compilation of material that Pascal had intended to put into a book. He died before completing any part, so it appears disjointed, but his thoughts are lucid. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
*Finally* finished this over the course of two lengthy plane rides. Had I somehow read Pascal's thoughts as a contemporary, I suppose I would've been much more engaged-- but having taken it on as a duty, after having heard so many others expound upon it, the magic was gone before I even got started. I really enjoyed the more "secular" witticisms at the beginning of the book, but finally had to resort more or less to skimming whole chunks in order to get through it all. I realize the 2.5-star rating is highly unfair-- but in this case, I just allowed the interest factor, pure and simple, to shove other considerations (such as philosophical and theological de/merits) out of the way. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Jul 6, 2014 |
Alternating between brilliant melancholy and theology and other nonsense. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Blaise Pascalprimary authorall editionscalculated
Trotter, W. F.Translatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunschvicg, LéonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunsvigg, LéonComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Champaigne, Philippe deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coulon, PierreCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Descotes, DominiqueEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliot, T. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krailsheimer, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krailsheimer, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenders, J.A.C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenders, J.A.C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Limburg, RobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The difference between the mathematical and the intuitive mind.
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"Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Pensees is a collection of philosophical fragments, notes and essays in which he explores the contradictions of human nature in psychological, social, metaphysical and, above all, theological terms. Mankind emerges from Pascal's analysis as a wretched and desolate creature within an impersonal universe, but also as a being whose existence can be transformed through faith in God's grace. This masterly translation conveys Pascal's disarmingly personal tone and captures all the fire and passion of the original. Also contained in this volume are a comparison between different editions, appendices and a bibliography.". - Back Cover.… (more)

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