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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Pascal is starting from a spirituality which heavily emphasizes human wretchedness and the arbitrary divine decision to bestow the graces of justification and perseverance on only a few . The rest of humanity will suffer infinitely ...
Our religion is so divine that another divine religion provides only its foundation . 277 Objections of atheists . ' But we have no light . ' XXII . PERPETUITY * 311 From one saying of David or of Moses , such as ' God will circumcise ...
3 I am not speaking here of divine truths , which I would take care not to include under the art of persuasion , since they are infinitely superior to nature . Only God can put them into the soul , and in the way he thinks fit .
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Wow- I read the edited version, which the Levis got down to about 180, plus a few other essays which were reasonably helpful. Having done this, I'm pretty happy saying that someone should really do a ... Читать весь отзыв
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