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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In order to understand humans , therefore , we have to know why we need air to live , and to understand air we have to know the connection between it and our ability to live , etc. Fire cannot exist without air .
Who would not believe , seeing us compose everything of spirit and matter , that we could understand this mixture ? Nevertheless it is what we understand least . To human beings , a human being is nature's most stupendous work .
It would be easy to make those people understand , who have completely grasped the little I have said . But if they have not fathomed it completely , I admit they will have nothing to learn from it .
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WRITINGS ON GRACE
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