'If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural’ 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... show more
'If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural’ 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 Penseés is a collection of philosophical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal 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 who 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.
Publish date: December 1st 1995
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, French Literature
, 17th Century
When I was learning French I was rather thrown by the way their numbers work after about 60, as is demonstrated by this picture, which shows how English, German, and French construct the number 98: My first thought was 'this is absolutely ridiculous, how on Earth could the French have produc...
There are multiple levels to this book. It works best when he's sharing his wisdom by using aphorisms (short pithy and usually wise statements ). They're so many pearls within this book that it wouldn't be worthwhile to highlight with a highlighter because you would highlight over half of the book. ...
Next in my series of personal enrichment (leveling-up)...Pascal-- I'll wager you've heard of this one.Like Descartes, Pascal does a great job of bridging the philosophy of the greeks with christianity (although Pascal slams Descartes for not including more christian thought)So I liked this one. I fo...
Much like Molière, Pascal’s influence is probably best appreciated if read in French. His style, satire and wit are heavily commented on and, since I don’t read French, I’m sure I’m missing much of what makes Pascal influential.Pensees is the skeleton of a book. Never published during Pascal’s lif...
Blaise Pascal is an enigma. He is a Catholic who in his book writes like an evangelical (or, more to the point, protestant as they were in those days). He is also a scientist/mathematician/engineer who writes what I must admit is an incredibly intense theological treatise. Well, not so much a treati...