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Pensees Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback – 1996


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  • Language: English
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 10, 2014
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Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. In 1646, he identified with the Catholic movement known as "Jansenism," and defended it in his Provincial Letters. Following a religious experience in late 1654, he began writing works on philosophy and theology.

His "Pensees" ("Thoughts") were published posthumously, and had been intended to be part of an "Apology for the Christian Religion," but he died before it could be completed. This edition groups his thoughts by topics, such as Vanity; Wretchedness; Philosophers; Excellence of this Means of Proving God; Transition from Knowledge of Man to Knowledge of God; Falseness of Other Religions; Make Religion Attractive; Rabbinism; Proofs of Moses; Proofs of Jesus Christ; Prophecies; Christian Morality, etc.

He observes, "Equality of possessions is no doubt right, but, as men could not make might obey right, they have made right obey might. As they could not fortify justice they have fortified force, so that might and right might live together and peace reigns, the sovereign good." (V, 81; pg. 51)

He suggests, "God alone is man's true good, and since man abandoned him it is a strange fact that nothing in nature has been found to take his place: stars, sky, earth, elements, plants, cabbages, leeks, animals, insects, calves, serpents, fever, plague, war, famine, vice, adultery, incest. Since losing his true good, man is capable of seeing it in anything, even his own destruction, although it is so contrary at once to God, to reason and to nature." (X, 148, pg.
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