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230.2 PASCAL
  
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London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1995.
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xxxii, 333 p. ; 20 cm.
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Rev. ed.
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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.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Section one: Papers classified by Pascal (Pascal's titles) -- Order -- Vanity -- Wretchedness -- Boredom -- Causes and effects -- Greatness -- Contradictions -- Diversion -- Philosophers -- The sovereign good -- APR -- Beginning -- Submission and use of reason -- Excellence of this means of proving God -- Transition from knowledge of man to knowledge of God -- Nature is corrupt -- Falseness of other religions -- Make religion attractive -- Foundations -- Figurative law -- Rabbinism -- Perpetuity -- Proofs of Moses -- Proofs of Jesus Christ -- Prophecies -- Particular figures -- Christian morality -- Conclusion.
Section two: Papers not classified by Pascal (translator's titles) -- Various -- The wager -- Against indifference -- Eternal judgment, Christ -- Two essential truths of Christianity -- Advantages of Jewish people -- Sincerity of Jewish people -- True Jews and true Christians have same religion -- Particularity of Jewish people -- Perpetuity of Jewish people -- Proofs of religion -- Prophecies -- Particular prophecies -- Daniel -- Isaiah and Jeremiah: Latin texts -- Prophecies -- Prophecies -- Prophecies: the Jews and Christ -- Figurative meanings -- Belief. Classical quotations -- Two types of mind -- Mathematical and intuitive mind -- Various -- Various -- Human nature. Style. Jesuits etc. -- Sources of error -- Diversion. Draft prefaces -- Superiority of Christianity. Human behaviour -- Relativity of human values. The Bible and its truth -- Habit and conversion -- Figurative language in Bible. Human relations --
Section three: Miracles -- Opinion of Saint-Cyran -- Rules for miracles -- Miracles for Port Royal against Jesuits --
Section four: Fragments not found in the first copy -- The memorial -- Fragments in the Recueil Original - The Mystery of Jesus -- Fragments from other sources - Self-love -- Sayings attributed to Pascal -- Additional Pensees.
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9780140446456 (pbk.)
0140446451 (pbk.)
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