Pensées and Other Writings
Oxford University Press, 23 апр. 2020 г. - Всего страниц: 320
For much of his life Pascal (1623-62) worked on a magnum opus which was never published in its intended form. Instead, he left a mass of fragments, some of them meant as notes for the Apologie. These were to become known as the Pensées, and they occupy a crucial place in Western philosophy and religious writing. Pascal's general intention was to confound scepticism about metaphysical questions. Some of the Pensées are fully developed literary reflections on the human condition,, some contradict others, and some remain jottings whose meaning will never be clear. The most important are among the most powerful aphorisms about human experience and behaviour ever written in any language. This translation is the only one based on the Pensées as Pascal left them. It includes the principal dossiers classified by Pascal, as well as the essential portion of the important Writings on Grace. A detailed thematic index gives access to Pascal's areas of concern, while the selection of texts and the introduction help to show why Pascal changed the plan of his projected work before abandoning the book he might have written. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
... Pascal brought French prose writing to new peaks of lyrical , satirical , and polemical brilliance . Although he failed to resolve the religious problems which confronted him , he was the most brilliant religious philosopher of ...
... depiction of the human condition , to be followed by a quest for the truth that would explain it . After considering the answers of the philosophers and of other religions , Pascal would have come to the Old Testament Introduction xix.
... together with its explicit repudiation of the God of the philosophers in favour of the God of the Jews , it is really only the language which gives the experience noted in the Memorial its specifically religious significance .
Sacy asked Pascal about his reading of philosophers , and later invited him to write an account of what he had said , probably in the pedagogical context of material which might somehow be used for the ' petites écoles ' .
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DISCUSSION WITH MONSIEUR DE SACY
THE ART OF PERSUASION
WRITINGS ON GRACE