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Pensées and other writings

Author: Blaise Pascal; Honor Levi; Anthony Levi
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: World's classics.
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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
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Genre/Form: Apologetic works
Early works
Apologetic works Early works to 1800
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blaise Pascal; Honor Levi; Anthony Levi
ISBN: 0192829904 9780192829900
OCLC Number: 31170312
Notes: Chiefly a translation of: Pensées.
Description: xlv, 267 pages ; 19 cm.
Contents: A Chronology of Blaise Pascal --
Pensees --
Discussion With Monsieur De Sacy --
The Art of Persuasion --
Writings on Grace. Letter on the Possibility of the Commandments Treatise concerning Predestination.
Series Title: World's classics.
Other Titles: Pensées.
Responsibility: Blaise Pascal ; translated by Honor Levi ; with an introduction and notes by Anthony Levi.
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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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