Pensées and Other Writings
Oxford University Press, 1995 - Всего страниц: 267
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 Pensees, 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 Pensees 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 behavior ever written in any language. This translation is the only one based on the Pensees 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.
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There is no doubt , therefore , an intolerable presumption in these things , though they appear to be based in humility , which is neither sincere nor reasonable unless it makes us confess that , not knowing by ourselves who we are ...
essence , as he will appear at the last day with such violent thunderings and violences of nature that the risen dead and the blindest shall see him . This is not the way he wished to appear in his sweet coming , but because so many ...
But the fact that he appears sometimes , and not always , removes the ambiguity : if he appears once , he exists for ever . Thus the only possible conclusion is that God exists , and that men are unworthy of him .
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