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Pensees

by Blaise Pascal

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PUBLISHED: 25th May 2018
ISBN: 9780486821504
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The 17th-century philosopher's apologia for Christianity argues the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. These posthumously published fragments of his incomplete work remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature.
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  • Paperback
    $17.10
PUBLISHED: 25th May 2018
ISBN: 9780486821504
ANNOTATION:
The 17th-century philosopher's apologia for Christianity argues the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. These posthumously published fragments of his incomplete work remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature.

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The 17th-century philosopher's apologia for Christianity argues the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. These posthumously published fragments of his incomplete work remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature.

Publisher Description

"I know of no religious writer more pertinent to our time." - T. S. Eliot, Introduction to Pensees "Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true," declared Pascal in his Pensees. "The cure for this," he explained, "is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true, and then show that it is." Motivated by the 17th-century view of the supremacy of human reason, Pascal (1623-62) had intended to write an ambitious apologia for Christianity, in which he argued the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. His untimely death prevented his completion of the work, but the fragments published posthumously in 1670 form a vital part of religious and philosophical literature. Essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and theology, the Pensees remain among the liveliest and most eloquent defenses of Christianity ever written. AUTHOR: French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623 62) laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities. His inventions and discoveries, which included an early version of the calculator, promoted developments in geometry, physics, and computer science and influenced latter-day thinkers such as Newton and Leibniz.

Author Biography

French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-62) laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities. His inventions and discoveries, which included an early version of the calculator, promoted developments in geometry, physics, and computer science and influenced latter-day thinkers such as Newton and Leibniz.

Table of Contents

Introduction by T. S. Eliot I. Thoughts on Mind and on Style II. The Misery of Man Without God III. Of the Necessity of the Wager IV. Of the Means of Belief V. Justice and the Reason of Effects VI. The Philosophers VII. Morality and Doctrine VIII. The Fundamentals of the Christian Religion IX. Perpetuity X. Typology XI. The Prophecies XII. Proofs of Jesus Christ XIII. The Miracles XIV. Appendix: Polemical Fragments Notes Index

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Motivated by the 17th-century view of the supremacy of human reason, Pascal intended to write an ambitious apologia for Christianity, in which he argues the inability of reason to address metaphysical problems. Although the author's untimely death prevented his completion of the work, these posthumously published fragments remain a vital part of religious and philosophical literature. Introduction by T. S. Eliot.

Product Details

Author
Blaise Pascal
Pages
320
Publisher
Dover Publications Inc.
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0486821501
ISBN-13
9780486821504
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
2018-05-25
Series
Dover Thrift Editions
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade