4 edition of Pensées found in the catalog.
|Statement||Blaise Pascal; edited with an introd. and notes by Louis Lajuma; translated by John Warrington..|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvii, 289 p.|
|Number of Pages||289|
This awareness of his own nothingness, the man fled in entertainment, that is to say, everything that distracts us from performing our miserable condition, inscribed in time and death, everything by which we avoid thinking of our nothingness: play and fun, but also work and activity. Prodigious, though not incredible stories are preserved, especially of his precocity in mathematics. But if what I say is correct — and it is — then I will succeed, and you will be destroyed. Amos
Of his later discoveries in physics there is no need for mention here; it must only be remembered that he counts as one of the greatest physicists and mathematicians of all time; and that his discoveries were made during the years when most scientists are still apprentices. By this one word I destroy all your reasoning. Why should I rather establish virtue in four, in two, in one? We must, then, see this in detail; we must put the papers on the table. Tertullian: Perinde potuit abolefactam eam violentia cataclysmi in spiritu rursus reformare, quemadmodum et Hierosolymis Babylonia expugnatione deletis, omne instrumentum Judaicae literaturae per Esdram constat restauratum.
Whatever may be said, it must be admitted that the Christian religion has something astonishing in it. They unite spirit of geometry, that is to say, discursive reasoning, deductive and demonstrative, and esprit de finesse, defined as intuition and discernment fair and immediate complex elements — To lead the unbeliever to God, Pascal has built a synthetic rhetoric and insightful. They have the limitation of all polemic and forensic: they persuade, they seduce, they are unfair. We must not confound and put on one level things which only resemble each other in their obscurity, and not in the clearness, which requires us to reverence the obscurities. No sect or religion has always existed on earth, but the Christian religion. There are two kinds of men in each religion: among the heathen, worshippers of beasts and the worshippers of the one only God of natural religion; among the Jews, the carnal, and the spiritual, who were the Christians of the old law; among Christians, the coarser-minded, who are the Jews of the new law.
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The heathens know not God, and love the world only. Here, Pascal looked into the issue of discovering truths, arguing that the ideal of such a method would be to found all propositions on already established truths. More importantly, the idea that interest has no opposite expresses a certain refusal to acknowledge the power of the impulse to extinguish interest, for the self and for others.
From that time until his death, Pascal was closely associated with the society of Port-Royal which his sister Jacqueline, who predeceased him, had joined as a religieuse; the society was then fighting for its life against the Jesuits. Isaiah ; ; Jer. For it is not strange that a State endures, when its laws are sometimes made to give way to necessity, but that Follow the way by which they began; by acting as if they believed, taking the holy water, having masses said, etc.
Under Antiochus and Vespasian, when they wanted to abolish the books, and when there was no prophet, they could not do so. Above all, he was a man of strong passions; and his intellectual passion for truth was reinforced by his passionate dissatisfaction with human life unless a spiritual explanation could be found.
And in the same way if the same thoughts in a different arrangement do not form a different discourse, no more do the same words in their different arrangement form different thoughts! She would be displeasing, if she were not deceived. It is not he who changes, but we who change.
Mandata non bona. He does not reason, he insinuates, charms, and influences; or if he reasons, you must be prepared for his having some other design upon you than to convince you by [Pg xiv] his argument.
I see then a crowd of religions in many parts of the world and in all times; but their morality cannot please me, nor can their proofs convince me. He exists, so to speak, on a plan of numerous concentric circles, the most apparent of which is the small inmost circle, a personal puckish scepticism which can be easily aped if not imitated.
Pascal agreed with Montaigne that achieving certainty in these axioms and conclusions through human methods is impossible. The book which contains this law, the first of all, is itself the most ancient book in the world, those of Homer, Hesiod, and others, being six or seven hundred years later.
Hosea ; Deut. Not that the mind does not do so, but it does it tacitly, naturally, and without technical rules; for the expression of it is beyond all men, and only a few can feel it. Thus I should equally have rejected the religion of Mahomet and of China, of the ancient Romans and of the Egyptians, for the sole reason that none having more marks of truth than another, nor anything which should necessarily persuade me, reason cannot incline to one rather than the other.
They are obviously the work of superstition and ignorance and have nothing in them which might interest 'les gens habiles' 'clever men'  ". It was upon the doctrine of grace according to St.
Shem, who saw Lamech, who saw Adam, saw also Jacob, who saw those who saw Moses; therefore the deluge and the creation are true. The Mahometan religion has for a foundation the Koran and Mahomet.
And it is no marvel that God did this, for when the Scriptures had been destroyed in the captivity of the people in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, and the Jews had gone back to their country after seventy years, then in the times of Artaxerxes, the king of the Persians, he inspired Ezra, the priest of the tribe of Levi, to restore all the sayings of the prophets who had gone before, and to restore to the people the law given by Moses.
Discoveries and inventions sprang from his brain without effort; among the minor devices of this later period, the first omnibus service in Paris is said to owe its origin to his inventiveness. This is conclusive among certain people who understand it rightly.
And yet, after a superficial reflection of this kind, we go to amuse ourselves, etc. Jer13, And all religion is the same; for the Christian religion is very different in the Holy Bible and in the casuists.
This is unique. Against the story in Esdras, 2 Maccab.Many of the fragments are interesting ("The Wager," of course; there's also a passage on the relativity of motion that seems proto-Einsteinian; the "kneel and believe" passage is far less substantial than Althusser might lead you to believe: better off rereading Althusser); but the larger part of the Pensées is taken up with tedious wrangling over obsolete theological niceties, such as /5(24).
Updated edition of the famous Krailsheimer translation, the first to follow the order of notes as Pascal left them. This unfinished apology for Christianity was meant to confound the followers of Descartes by emphasizing the inadequacy of reason.
Pensees () by Blaise Pascal5/5(2). Get this from a library! Pensées. [Blaise Pascal] -- These are the notes which the great French mathematician and physicist jotted down in preparation for a reasoned defence of Christian belief. Their crude form brings home Pascal's insight into.
Section 7 of Pascal's Pensees, a digital book in the International School of Theology's Cyber Library which is a digital library for graduate seminary research, personal, and ministry research. Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.
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