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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This Je ne sais quoi , such an insignificant thing that it cannot be recognized , disturbs the whole earth , princes , armies , the entire world . If Cleopatra's nose had been shorter , the whole face of the earth would have changed .
[ Why this uproar among the nations ? ... kings on earth ... against Yahweh and his Annointed ( Ps . 2 : 1 , 2 ) . ] All that is mightiest on earth unites : scholars , sages , kings . Some write , others condemn , others kill .
LIII 705 There is nothing on earth which does not show either man's wretchedness or God's mercy , either man's helplessness without God or man's power with God . 706 God has used the blindness of this people for the benefit of the elect ...
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WRITINGS ON GRACE
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