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Pensees

Blaise Pascal - Author

A. J. Krailsheimer - Translator

A. J. Krailsheimer - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140446456 | 368 pages | 01 Dec 1995 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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'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.

Pensees - Blaise Pascal

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