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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Whereas those with good taste who think they will find a person when they see a book are quite surprised to find an author : PLUS POETICE QUAM HUMANE LOCUTUS ES . [ You have spoken more as a poet than a man ( Petronius .
For would we love the substance of a person's soul in the abstract , whatever qualities it contained ? That is impossible , and would be unjust . Therefore we never love a person , only qualities . So let us stop mocking people who are ...
There is only this one person in the world whom we are enjoined to disillusion , and it lays on this person the obligation of inviolable secrecy , which means that this knowledge is known , but might as well not be .
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WRITINGS ON GRACE
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