Pensées by Blaise Pascal

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Read Pensées Online Free - 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 philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, 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.

Title : Pensées
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ISBN : 0140446451
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2016 Perhaps half of this was basically wasted on me. As an atheist, books providing proofs for the existence of God are perhaps 40 years or so too late. The problem here isn’t so much that he is trying to prove the existence of an entity that he himself admits...

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2018

Introduction, by Anthony Levi Note on the Text Select Bibliography A Chronology of Blaise Pascal --Pensées --Discussion with Monsieur de Sacy --The Art of Persuasion Writings on Grace: --Letter on the Possibility of the Commandments --Treatise concerning Predestination Explanatory Notes Thematic Index

David rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2016

Religious Thoughts of a Mathematician 29 August 2016 - Paris, France When I was learning French I was rather thrown by the way their numbers work after about 60, as is demonstrated by this picture, which shows how English, German, and French construct the number 98: My first thought was 'this is a...

Jesse rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2016

Pascal has caused atheists to doubt their atheism more often than Nietzsche has theists their theism - why? Because those that let their hearts guide their thoughts are never in doubt, but those who unwisely look to results to guide them, as macho ubermensches perforce exclusively must, are alway...

Szplug rated it ★★★★★

April 27, 2013

Men are so necessarily mad that it would be another twist of madness not to be mad. And what completes our inability to understand things is that they are not so simple in themselves, and we are made up of two different kinds of opposing natures, body and soul...For this reason almost all philoso...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

March 23, 2015

Pascal's Pensées were never intended to be read, much like Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. As such, they honestly reveal the private thoughts of great philosophers on the human condition, and lo, they speak of how miserable people are. Both were lonely men made so by their great intellect and great...

Hadrian rated it ★★★☆☆

September 19, 2011

Alternating between brilliant melancholy and theology and other nonsense.

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2009

Pascal's classic thoughts on numerous topics related to Christianity. This book is at times difficult to read, since he died before he finished it thus leaving many sections only outlined in note form. But slogging through those portions is worthwhile when you get to the good, thought-provoking p...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

January 16, 2009

It is difficult to decide what to say upon reading The Pensees of Blaise Pascal. The fragments, some resembling aphorisms with a few extending to several pages of prose, were left disorganized and unedited at Pascal's death. Readers have pondered over The Pensees (literally thoughts) ever since t...

Ron rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2016

“Do you wish people to believe good of you? Don’t speak.” Pascal was the master of the one liner. Pensées is laced with aphorisms. It also overflows with serious considerations. Not to be read fast or superficially. (Unfortunately my first reading in the 1960s was both.)Therefore, this review will...

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