9780486821504

Pensées

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486821504

  • ISBN10:

    0486821501

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-18
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

"I know of no religious writer more pertinent to our time." — T. S. Eliot, Introduction to Pensées
"Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true," declared Pascal in his Pensées. "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 Pensées remain among the liveliest and most eloquent defenses of Christianity ever written.

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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