Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensees

Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensees

by Nicholas G. Hammond
     
 

Playing with Truth is the first comprehensive work on Pascal to be devoted to his use in the Pensées of key terms depicting its central subject--the human condition. Generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, the Pensées is an unfinished work which has both inspired and

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Playing with Truth is the first comprehensive work on Pascal to be devoted to his use in the Pensées of key terms depicting its central subject--the human condition. Generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, the Pensées is an unfinished work which has both inspired and perplexed readers in succeeding centuries. In this study Nicholas Hammond explores such fundamental notions as language and order, proceeding with a detailed analysis of the words inconstance, ennui, inquiétude, bonheur, félicité, and justice. In the process, he gives an in-depth account of many important critical controversies of the day, as well as offering a novel and provocative insight into the persuasive purpose of the Pensées.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198158936
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/18/1994
Series:
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.83(d)

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