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Blaise Pascal

by Mary Ann Caws

  • Hardcover
    $33.82
PUBLISHED: 1st March 2017
ISBN: 9781780237213
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This new biography, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees, so influential worldwide.
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  • Hardcover
    $33.82
PUBLISHED: 1st March 2017
ISBN: 9781780237213
ANNOTATION:
This new biography, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees, so influential worldwide.

Annotation

This new biography, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees, so influential worldwide.

Publisher Description

This book, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees , so influential worldwide. This is a valuable account of a fascinating figure of the early modern period, and will interest a wide audience for the history of mathematics, philosophy, religion and science.

Author Biography

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature, Graduate School, City University of New York. She is the author of several books for Reaktion, including Pablo Picasso (2005), Salvador Dali (2008) and The Modern Art Cookbook (2013). Tom Conley is Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (French) and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface: Living with Blaise Tom Conley 1 Early Upbringing and Arrival in Paris, 1623-41 2 Rouen and the Pascali≠ Science Trials and Conceits; the 'First Conversion' 3 Jacqueline Pascal, Poet and Devout of Port-Royal, 1648-52 4 Pascal's 'Worldly Period', 1650-54 5 The 'Second Conversion': The Memorial; M de Sacy on Epictetus and Montaigne, 1655-7 6 The Provinciales and the Miracle of the Holy Thorn 7 Thinking about Thinking: The Publication of the Pensées in 1670 8 Pascal's Death, and His Remaining Still with Us

Review

"Caws, one of the world authorities on the international avant-garde, both in poetry and in the visual arts, here turns her attention to the life and work of a seemingly very different writer, the great seventeenth-century thinker Blaise Pascal. As she shows brilliantly, Pascal's Pens es and other writings, which she has in fact been reading and ruminating on all her life, pave the way for the avant-garde of our own century, and they anticipate in uncanny ways Wittgenstein's similarly informal ways of doing philosophy. It is the quality of Pascal's writing--his abrupt, abbreviated, aphoristic, gnomic utterance--so mysterious and yet so authoritative--that fascinates Caws, and her book is eloquent testimony to Pascal's continuing relevance today. We need Pascal--the precise logician as well as the philosopher and religious thinker--more than ever. Mary Ann Caws here gives us another beautiful book."--Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University "Mary Ann Caw's delightful commentary on the life and influence of Pascal provides a compelling, short account of the brilliant and provocative inventor, mathematician, theologian, and essayist. Caws makes each of the main events of Pascal's life and work into parables filled with awe for his protean intellect, literary style, and unshakable faith tempered by palpable empathy for his oddness, physical frailty, and piety."

--Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania

Long Description

This book, which includes a preface by Tom Conley, covers many aspects of Blaise Pascal's life and work that are seldom found side by side: his religious motivations and his belief in miracles, his scientific passions, his practical savvy and the aphorisms of the Pensees , so influential worldwide. This is a valuable account of a fascinating figure of the early modern period, and will interest a wide audience for the history of mathematics, philosophy, religion and science.

Review Quote

"Mary Ann Caw's delightful commentary on the life and influence of Pascal provides a compelling, short account of the brilliant and provocative inventor, mathematician, theologian, and essayist. Caws makes each of the main events of Pascal's life and work into parables filled with awe for his protean intellect, literary style, and unshakable faith tempered by palpable empathy for his oddness, physical frailty, and piety."

Product Details

Author
Mary Ann Caws
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Series
Renaissance Lives
Year
2017
ISBN-10
1780237219
ISBN-13
9781780237213
Format
Hardcover
Subtitle
Miracles and Reason
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
40 illustrations, 30 in colour
Media
Book
Publication Date
2017-03-01
Pages
200
Short Title
Blaise Pascal
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade