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Pensees (Penguin Black Classics Series)

Blaise Pascal

Pensees (Penguin Black Classics Series)

Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pacal, 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 and 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 edition, appendices and a bibliography.
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About "Pensees (Penguin Black Classics Series)"

Blaise Pacal, 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 and 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 edition, appendices and a bibliography.
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The Pensees are the unfinished notes which the French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), jotted down in preparation for a reasoned defence of Christian belief. They display a vision of humanity's weakness and the futility of worldly life. Whether his subject is the human heart or the famous wager of faith, Pascal writes with a blend of lucidity and eloquence. This translation is unedited, and includes a concordance to the Sellier edition.
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'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 Penseeacute;s is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, 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.
- Publisher

Intended to prove that religion is not contrary to reason, "Pense es" ranks among the liveliest and most eloquent defenses of Christianity. Pascal had intended to write an ambitious apologia for Christianity but his untimely death prevented the work's completion. The fragments remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature. Introduction by T. S. Eliot.
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Blaise Pascal

French Mathematician Blaise Pascal did much to set in motion what is known today as modern mathematics. An unusually creative mathematician, he developed a number of theorems and mathematical structures, including the beginnings of probability theory and a more sophisticated understanding of the geometry of conic structures. At the age of 16, Pascal wrote a brilliant paper on conics; the paper consisted of one single printed page on which he states his major theorem - the opposite sides of any hexagon inscribed in a cone intersect in a straight line. This theorem led Pascal to develop several hundred related theorems in geometry. Pascal's activities, however, were not confined to pure mathematics. When he was about 19 years old, he built a calculating machine that he demonstrated to the king of France. It worked well enough to allow him to build and sell about 50 of them over a few years' time. His work on problems in atmospheric pressure eventually resulted in an early version of the gas law. At the age of 25, Pascal entered a Jansenist monastery to begin an ascetic life of study and argument. However, he continued his mathematical work. With Pierre de Fermat, Pascal laid the foundation for the theory of probability. In 1654, Pascal's friend, the Chevelier de Mere, had asked him to analyze a problem arising from a game of chance. Pascal in turn exchanged a number of letters with Fermat about the problem. This correspondence became the starting point for a theory of probability. However, neither published the ideas developed in the correspondence. The letters did inspire one of Pascal's contemporaries, Christian Huygens of Holland, to publish in 1657 a short tract on the mathematics of games involving dice. Pascal's name is now attached to "Pascals' Triangle" of binomial coefficients which plays and important role in the study combinations and probability. The triangle was known at least 600 years before Pascal became interested in it, but because of his contributions to its study, the triangle eventually became associated with his name. A sensitive and temperamental man, Pascal was obsessed with religious philosophy, a subject on which he wrote extensively. In his general philosophy he was very much taken with the concept of the infinite, which unsettled him and inspired in him a sense of awe. Over a period of years, he wrote on many religious, philosophical, and mathematical subjects. His notes and letters were edited and published posthumously as his Pensees.

Table Of Contents

  • :pensees - Blaise Pascal translated With A Revised Introduction By A. J. Krailsheimer

    introduction
    concordance Between The Present Edition And That Of P. Sellier
    select Bibliography
    section One: Papers Classified By Pascal (pascal's Titles)
    i. Order
    ii. Vanity
    iii. Wretchedness
    iv. Boredom
    v. Causes And Effects
    vi. Greatness
    vii. Contradictions
    viii. Diversion
    ix. Philosophers
    x. The Sovereign Good
    xi. Apr
    xii. Beginning
    xiii. Submission And Use Of Reason
    xiv. Excellence Of This Means Of Proving God
    xv. Transition From Knowledge Of Man To Knowledge Of God
    xvb. Nature Is Corrupt
    xvi. Falseness Of Other Religions
    xvii. Make Religion Attractive
    xviii. Foundations
    xix. Figurative Law
    xx. Rabbinism
    section Two: Papers Not Classified By Pascal (translator's Titles)
    i. Various
    ii. The Wager
    iii. Against Indifference
    iv. Eternal Judgment. Christ.
    v. Two Essential Truths Of Christianity
    vi. Advantages Of Jewish People
    vii. Sincerity Of Jewish People
    viii. True Jews And True Christians Have Same Religion
    ix. Particularity Of Jewish People
    x. Perpetuity Of Jewish People
    xi. Proofs Of Religion
    xii. Prophecies
    xiii. Particular Prophecies
    xiv. Daniel
    xv. Isaiah And Jeremiah: Latin Texts
    xvi. Prophecies
    xvii. Prophecies
    xviii. Prophecies: The Jews And Christ
    xix. Figurative Meanings
    xx. Belief. Classical Quotations
    xxi. Two Types Of Mind
    xxii. Mathematical And Intuitive Mind
    xxiii. Various
    xxiv. Various
    xxv. Human Nature. Style. Jesuits Etc.
    xxvi. Sources Of Error
    xxvii. Diversion. Draft Prefaces
    xxviii. Superiority Of Christianity. Human Behaviour
    xxix. Relativity Of Human Values. The Bible And Its Truth
    xxx. Habit And Conversion
    xxxi. Figurative Language In Bible. Human Relations
    section Three: Miracles
    xxxii. Opinion Of Saint-cyran
    xxxiii. Rules For Miracles
    xxiv. Miracles For Port Royal Against Jesuits
    section Four: Fragments Not Found In The First Copy
    a. The Memorial
    b. Fragments In The recueil Original
    the Mystery Of Jesus
    c. Fragments From Other Sources
    self-love
    saying Attributed To Pascal
    additional pensées

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Very Quotable
5 stars By Matthew Poole, Jul 01 2018
A good apologetic book with short very quotable, very shareable fragments. Some are longer, including the famous wager. I enjoyed it, and I'd recommend Augustine's City of God to anyone looking for something even meatier who enjoyed Pensees. And just like in Augustine I liked how in Pensees you can trace back famous arguments against Christianity as reaction to some of the thoughts found in Pascal's work. It's also an insight into France at that period. Recommended for those looking for bite sized apologetics.
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  • Catalogue Code 174886
  • Product Code 0140446451
  • EAN 9780140446456
  • Pages 368
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Publication Date Dec 1995
  • Sales Rank #19148
  • Dimensions 198 x 129 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.276kg

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