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Pensi'Aes and Other Writings

Pensi'Aes and Other Writings

by Blaise Pascal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199540365

ISBN-13: 9780199540365

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

For much of his life, Pascal (1623-62) worked on a magnum opus which was never published in the form the philosopher intended. Instead, Pascal left a mass of fragments, some of them meant as notes for the Apologie. These became known as the Pensées, and they occupy a crucial place in Western philosophy and religious writing.

Pascal's general intention was

Overview

For much of his life, Pascal (1623-62) worked on a magnum opus which was never published in the form the philosopher intended. Instead, Pascal left a mass of fragments, some of them meant as notes for the Apologie. These became known as the Pensées, and they occupy a crucial place in Western philosophy and religious writing.

Pascal's general intention was to confound scepticism about metaphysical questions. Some of the Pensées are fully developed literary reflections on the human condition, some contradict others, and some remain jottings whose meaning will never be clear. The most important are among the most powerful aphorisms about human experience and behavior ever written in any language.

This translation is the only one based on the Pensées as Pascal left them. It includes the principal dossiers classified by Pascal, as well as the essential portion of the important Writings on Grace. A detailed thematic index gives access to Pascal's areas of concern, while the selection of texts and the introduction help to show why Pascal changed the plan of his projected work before abandoning the book he might have written.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199540365
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
367,886
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Note on the Text xxxviii
Select Bibliography xlii
A Chronology of Blaise Pascal xliv
Pensees
1(181)
Discussion with Monsieur de Sacy
182(11)
The Art of Persuasion
193(12)
Writings on Grace
205(22)
Letter on the Possibility of the Commandments Treatise concerning Predestination
Explanatory Notes 227(22)
Thematic Index 249

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