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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DIVERSION * 165 ' If man were happy he would be even more so if he had less diversion , like the saints and God . ' ' Yes , but does not happiness consist in being able to enjoy diversion ? ' ' No , because it comes from somewhere else ...
However unhappy we are , if we can be persuaded to take up some distraction we will be perfectly happy for the time being . However happy we may be , if we have no absorbing hobby or entertainment to occupy us and prevent boredom from ...
Because nature always makes us unhappy in whatever state we are , our desires paint a happy state for us , because they link the state in which we are with the pleasures of the state in which we are not . And even if we did attain these ...
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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
WRITINGS ON GRACE
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