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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156 Contradiction , despising our existence , dying for nothing , hating our existence . 158 What are our natural principles if not those we are used to ? And for children , are they not those taught by their fathers , as the instinct ...
It is not strange to preserve existence by yielding , but properly speaking neither is it preservation . And even so , in the end they do cease entirely to exist . Not a single one has lasted a thousand years .
We therefore know the existence and nature of the finite , because we too are finite and have no extension . We know the existence of the infinite , and do not know its nature , because it has extent like us , but not the same limits as ...
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WRITINGS ON GRACE
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