A collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which the author explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, social, metaphysical and - above all - theological terms.
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.
Blaise Pascal (1623-62) left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged in passionate debate with the Jesuits the results of which are the Lettres Provincales, on which, with Pensees, his fame now rests. He is regarded by many as the greatest of French prose stylists. A J Krailsheimer was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford and translated widely from the French.
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 Pens
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