Pensees and Other Writings

Pensees and Other Writings

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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 behaviour 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 more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192836552
  • 9780192836557
  • 1,324,361

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Pensees; The Art of Persuasion; Writings on Graceshow more

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"It is an outstandingly clear translation."--Doug Kennard, Moody Bible Institute"Excellent edition and translation."--Professor Forrest Williams, University of Colorado"With its informative introduction, clear translation, and accessible arrangement, this volume would serve admirably in sparking discussion in class and in inducing students to ponder unexpected questions."--(Dom) Pashcal M. Baumstein, O.S.B., Belmont Abbey College"Very readable. A fine translation."--Professor Michael Boylan, Marymount University"This is the edition of the Pensees I've been waiting for. I'll definitely use it in undergraduate courses."--Doug Blount, Criswell College"This is a solid translation and Anthony Levi's introduction brings a definite plus to it."--Catherine Danielou, University of Alabama at Birminghamshow more

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