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Pensees (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

'If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural’

Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Penseés is a collection of philosophical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in psychological, social, metaphysical and—above all—theological terms. Mankind emerges from Pascal’s analysis as a wretched and desolate creature within an impersonal universe, but who can be transformed through faith in God’s grace.

This masterly translation conveys Pascal’s disarmingly personal tone and captures all the fire and passion of the original. Also contained in this volume are a comparison between different editions, appendices and a bibliography.

Synopsis:

These are the unfinished notes which the French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), jotted down in preparation for a reasoned defence of Christian belief. They display a vision of humanity's weakness and the futility of worldly life. This translation is unedited.

Synopsis:

A relaunch of Pascal's uncompromising defence of Christian belief, with a revised introduction.

Synopsis:

This collection of short writings ponders the contrast between man in his fallen state and in a state of grace. It is a work of extraordinary power; a lucid, eloquent, and often satirical look at human illusions, self-deceptions, and follies.

About the Author

Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont in 1623, the son of a government official. During his short life he left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged with gusto in a controversy with the Jesuits, which gave rise to his Lettres Provinciales on which, with the Pensées, his literary fame chiefly rests. A remarkable stylist, he is regarded by many as the greatest of French prose artists. He died, after a long illness, in 1662.

Dr. A.J. Krailsheimer was born in 1921 and was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. His publications are Studies in Self-Interest (1963), Rabelais and the Franciscans (1965), Three Conteurs of the Sixteenth Century (1966), Rabelais (1967), A. J. de Rancé, Abbot of La Trappe (1974), Pascal (1980), Conversion (1980), Letters of A. J. de Rancé (1984), Rancé and the Trappist Legacy (1985) and Correspondance de Rancé (1993). He has also translated Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet and Salammbo and Pascal’s The Provincial Letters for the Penguin Classics.

Dr. A.J. Krailsheimer was born in 1921 and was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. His publications are Studies in Self-Interest (1963), Rabelais and the Franciscans (1965), Three Conteurs of the Sixteenth Century (1966), Rabelais (1967), A. J. de Rancé, Abbot of La Trappe (1974), Pascal (1980), Conversion (1980), Letters of A. J. de Rancé (1984), Rancé and the Trappist Legacy (1985) and Correspondance de Rancé (1993). He has also translated Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet and Salammbo and Pascal’s The Provincial Letters for the Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Translated with a Revised Introduction by A. J. Krailsheimer

Introduction

Concordance between the present edition and that of P. Sellier

Select Bibliography

Section One: Papers Classified by Pascal (Pascal's Titles)

I. Order

II. Vanity

III. Wretchedness

IV. Boredom

V. Causes and effects

VI. Greatness

VII. Contradictions

VIII. Diversion

IX. Philosophers

X. The Sovereign Good

XI. APR

XII. Beginning

XIII. Submission and use of reason

XIV. Excellence of this means of proving God

XV. Transition from knowledge of man to knowledge of God

XVb. Nature is corrupt

XVI. Falseness of other religions

XVII. Make religion attractive

XVIII. Foundations

XIX. Figurative law

XX. Rabbinism

Section Two: Papers Not Classified by Pascal (Translator's Titles)

I. Various

II. The Wager

III. Against indifference

IV. Eternal judgment. Christ.

V. Two essential truths of Christianity

VI. Advantages of Jewish people

VII. Sincerity of Jewish people

VIII. True Jews and true Christians have same religion

IX. Particularity of Jewish people

X. Perpetuity of Jewish people

XI. Proofs of religion

XII. Prophecies

XIII. Particular prophecies

XIV. Daniel

XV. Isaiah and Jeremiah: Latin texts

XVI. Prophecies

XVII. Prophecies

XVIII. Prophecies: the Jews and Christ

XIX. Figurative meanings

XX. Belief. Classical quotations

XXI. Two types of mind

XXII. Mathematical and intuitive mind

XXIII. Various

XXIV. Various

XXV. Human nature. Style. Jesuits etc.

XXVI. Sources of error

XXVII. Diversion. Draft Prefaces

XXVIII. Superiority of Christianity. Human behaviour

XXIX. Relativity of human values. The Bible and its truth

XXX. Habit and conversion

XXXI. Figurative language in Bible. Human relations

Section Three: Miracles

XXXII. Opinion of Saint-Cyran

XXXIII. Rules for miracles

XXIV. Miracles for Port Royal against Jesuits

Section Four: Fragments Not Found in the First Copy

A. The Memorial

B. Fragments in the Recueil Original

The Mystery of Jesus

C. Fragments from other sources

Self-love

Saying Attributed to Pascal

Additional Pensées

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140446456
Translator:
Krailsheimer, Alban J.
Other:
Krailsheimer, Alban J.
Translator:
Krailsheimer, Alban J.
Translator:
Krailsheimer, A. J.
Author:
Pascal, Blaise
Author:
Krailsheimer, A. J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
Theology - Catholic
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Controversial literature
Subject:
17th century
Subject:
Modern - Renaissance Era
Subject:
Apologetics
Subject:
Apologetics -- Early works to 1800.
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Catholic
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern - Renaissance Era
Subject:
Christian Theology - Catholic
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Catholic Church--Doctrines
Subject:
Catholic Church - Apologetic works
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
104-144
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.82x5.08x.87 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , These are the unfinished notes which the French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), jotted down in preparation for a reasoned defence of Christian belief. They display a vision of humanity's weakness and the futility of worldly life. This translation is unedited.
"Synopsis" by , A relaunch of Pascal's uncompromising defence of Christian belief, with a revised introduction.

"Synopsis" by ,

This collection of short writings ponders the contrast between man in his fallen state and in a state of grace. It is a work of extraordinary power; a lucid, eloquent, and often satirical look at human illusions, self-deceptions, and follies.

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