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Pascal : reasoning and belief

Author: Michael Moriarty
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a study of Blaise Pascal's defence of Christian belief in the Pensees. Michael Moriarty aims to expound-and in places to criticize-what he argues is a coherent and original apologetic strategy. Setting out the basic philosophical and theological presuppositions of Pascal's project, the present volume draws the distinction between convictions attained by reason and those inspired by God-given faith. It  Read more...
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(OCoLC)1112897536
Named Person: Blaise Pascal; Blaise Pascal
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Moriarty
ISBN: 9780192588982 0192588982 9780192588999 0192588990
OCLC Number: 1140012429
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface --
Note on References and Translations --
List of Abbreviations --
PART I --
1: Introduction --
2: Contexts --
3: The Uses of Philosophy: The Entretien avec M. de Sacy --
4: Belief, Reason, Persuasion, Faith --
5: Order and Disorder --
6 : Futility and Wretchedness --
7: Reasons for the Irrational --
8: Human Greatness --
9: Contradictions --
10: The Fall --
11: Self --
PART II --
12: Diversion --
13: Happiness --
14: 'The Plan of his Whole Work' --
PART III --
15: The Need to Seek for God --
16: The Claims and Limits of Reason --
17: Transition --
18: True and False Religions: The Singularity of Christianity --
19: The Order of Charity --
20: The Wager --
21: Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Moriarty.

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Michael Moriarty presents the deepest and broadest study for many years of Blaise Pascal's philosophy and theology, as represented in his Pensees, a seminal work in the development of modern thought.  Read more...

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