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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 Pense s is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, social, metaphysBlaise 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 Pense s 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.

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Blaise Pascal T.S. Eliot

French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal was a contemporary of Ren Descartes and was ten when Galileo Galilei was forced to recant his belief that the earth circled the sun He and Thomas Hobbes lived in Paris at the same time 1640 including the year Hobbes published his famous Leviathan 1651 Together with Pierre de Fermat, Pascal created the calculus of probabilities.A near fatal carriage accident in November 1654 less than eight years before his death persuaded him to turn his intellect finally toward religion The story goes that on the proverbial dark and stormy night, while Pascal was riding in a carriage across a bridge in a Paris suburb, a fright caused the horses to bolt, sending them over the edge The carriage bearing Pascal survived Pascal took the incident as a sign and devoted himself to theology It was at this point that he began writing a series against the Jesuits in 1657 called the Provincial Letters.Pascal is perhaps most famous for his Wager Pascal s Wager , which is not as clear in his language as in this summary If Jesus does not exist, the non Christian loses little by believing in him and gains little by not believing If Jesus does exist, the non Christian gains eternal life by believing and loses an infinite good by not believing Sick throughout his life, Pascal died in Paris, probably from a combination of tuberculosis and stomach cancer at age 39 At the last he was a Jansenist Catholic No one knows if Pascal won his Wager.

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  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani

    ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، در این چرت و پرت نامه که نامِ آن را کتاب نهاده اند و آن را با عنوانِ "تفکرات" میشناسیم، <پاسکال> به عالم و آدم تاخته است و تنها مسیح و مسیحیت و کاتولیک را خوب و نیک میداند‎پاسکال تصور کرده که تمامیِ انسانها همچون خودش بیشعور و بیخرد هستند‎تعصب به مسیحیت، چ [...]

  • Trevor

    gutenberg/files/18269/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 particularly likes to hide – presumably you can see the problem here – but also that some of his proofs seemed utterly bizarre to me. One of my favourites was him saying that the Old Testament was the oldest book in [...]

  • David Sarkies

    Religious Thoughts of a Mathematician29 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 absolutely ridiculous, how on Earth could the French have produced any mathematicians?” Well, it turns out that they produced at least two – Rene Descartes (notable for Cartesian Geometry) and Blaise [...]

  • Jesse

    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 always finding their conviction to be as slippery as the passing moment (no one result ever convinces the result-minded). Recognizing this, Pascal places a weighty emphasis on the heart and the nature of its [...]

  • Szplug

    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 soulFor this reason almost all philosophers confuse the ideas of things, and speak spiritually of corporeal things and corporeally of spiritual onesInstead of accepting the idea of these things in their pure state, we tint them with our qualitie [...]

  • Dan

    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 character. While Marcus continues to strive with Ragnarokian futility to fulfill all his duties in a life of perfect virtue, Pascal is a bit more pessimistic, yet in the end more hopeful when he looks [...]

  • Hadrian

    Alternating between brilliant melancholy and theology and other nonsense.

  • Jan-Maat

    This was a fantastic reading experience - in what I suspect maybe the most obscure and unhelpful comparison I may make on - the literary version of Janacek's On an Overgrown Path in which as the cycle of pieces continues the music grows sparser and the silences speak ever louder until a few bare notes are richly poignant.Now, how was the Pascal similar? In the edition I came across you effectively read them in reserve order starting from the most developed form of the idea and then working back [...]

  • David

    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 parts. In some ways Pascal reminds me of Kierkegaard since both were reasonable men who realized that it takes more than just reason alone to come to faith in Christ. Pascal's apologetic reflects this. He [...]

  • James

    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 trying to interpret them and discern some semblance of a world view from them. In my reading I also tried to comprehend the fragmentary comments and found the views of Monsieur Pascal, to the extent that [...]

  • Ron

    “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 be in sections, as I read the major subdivisions of the text. “The last thing one settles in a book is what one should put in first.”Since Pensées was not published before Pascal died in 166 [...]

  • Luís C.

    THE MAN is, first of all, a fallen. He then blindly submissive to his desires. And finally, it is unable to be between the infinitely large and the infinitely small. It is in this fact lies the whole basis of Pascal's thought.According to Pascal, which is essential escapes him, the man is not able to grasp what is secondary knowledge (science)! Therefore, so the efforts of moralists and philosophers appear terribly ridiculous: reason can not, in any way, found a moral or metaphysical.Only the he [...]

  • Conrad

    Not to be mixed up with his first, somewhat less mature work of theology, "Peeneses," this collection of aphorisms and assorted sentence-long bits of wisdom has been pleasing everyone it could since it was written nearly eight thousand years ago. Pascal's influence on such diverse thinkers as Dostoevsky and Wittgenstein has been incalculable, though his fame probably reached its apex when the world-famous comic strip "Modesty Blaise" was named in his honor.I am no worshipper of the Christ, but B [...]

  • Vince Potenza

    This is a tough one.There are two reasons why I read this book: (1) For years a long time ago, in my capacity as Production Manager for a printing company, I helped produce the local high school’s annual literary/arts magazine, The Thinking Reed. It won First Prize in the statewide Publications Competition every single year. On the back cover of every issue was: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. —Blaise Pascal.” All my life I’ve been total [...]

  • Sophia

    Blaise Pascal only cared about pleasure and friends and living a life of happiness until late one night on November 23, 1654. Pascal was out late that night with his buddies when he had a near death experience. A runnaway cart nearly crushed the young men. Pascal fainted on the street and had a vision. When Blaise had regained consiousness he immeadiately wrote a note to himself, which he never told anyone about. Pascal dthen dedicated his life to God. After his death the note was found by his s [...]

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    I haven't finished this and I still feel almost ready to give it a 5, Be sure what you believe from the Bible. But read this for insight even should you disagree with it.Update: I'd call this a book to "read in" rather than a book to read only cover to cover, just me,

  • Gary

    There are multiple levels to this book. It works best when he's sharing his wisdom by using aphorisms (short pithy and usually wise statements ). They're so many pearls within this book that it wouldn't be worthwhile to highlight with a highlighter because you would highlight over half of the book. Pascal really has a great way of looking at the world and giving a smart sounding soundbite.Matter of fact, I would say this is one of the best self help books I've ever came across. He clearly also h [...]

  • Marie

    I sure do have a lot to think about after reading this in its entirety, and worse, in a day. I am impressed at Pascal's clarity and present value of his message, considering this was written 300+ years ago.Even getting more difficult for those who are not familiar with latin or Bible towards the end, it's worth reading. I have had the luck to be able to read the edition with T.S. Eliot's introduction right from Project Gutenberg. I do recommend that one as well, if you can find it in a printed v [...]

  • Justin Evans

    Wow- I read the edited version, which the Levis got down to about 180, plus a few other essays which were reasonably helpful. Having done this, I'm pretty happy saying that someone should really do a 90 page version, which would give you much of the important material, without any of the random notes. When people read, say, Heidegger or Dostoevsky, they don't feel obliged to read the notes they made on the back of restaurant menus along the lines of "look up Kierkegaard on the color green" or "t [...]

  • Deni

    Este libro es tan bueno que ya no sè que decirte.Pensamientos sueltos, repleto de citas impresionantes que no puedo enumerar una a una.Ejemplo: '22. Condiciòn del hombre.Inconstancia, hastìo, inquietud.'.Y no se calla nada, son como aforismos llevados a su vez por un tema general donde Pascal se manda a flashar con un estilo profundìsimo e hiper cristiano. Sus lecturas son la Biblia, Montaigne y Descartes, pero para bardearlo, pelea contra èl y lo vive atacando igual que a los jesuitas. Enc [...]

  • Adriane Devries

    For all his deep thoughts of faith and reason, the wretchedness of man, theology and the controversial schisms of the church during his time, the heart of Blaise Pascal, French philosopher and physicist of the 1600s and author of his famous Wager encouraging belief over apathetic agnosticism, can perhaps be best summed up in this simple declaration: “I love all men as my brothers, because they are all redeemed. I love poverty because he loved it. I love wealth because it affords me the means o [...]

  • Spoust1

    The highlight, aside from the famous section on "the wager," was Pascal's sense of the human situation as fundamentally divided, torn between spirit and body, good and evil, divine and and mortal, finite and infinite. Christianity's truth, for Pascal, consists in part in how it makes room for the duality inherent in the human. This leads him to a conception of faith as being not beyond reason, exactly, because there are "signs," and there is truth in Christianity (see: above); but it is inapprop [...]

  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio

    The Wager is laughably ridiculous and what's even more ridiculous is that it's still the standard last ditch move of theological apologetics. Another embarassingly naive thing I remember this otherwise brilliant mathematician and natural philosopher actually preserving with his pen for us to read centuries later was that Christianity is the oldest religion and therefore the best and truest hypothesis concerning questions of god and religion. How many false statements can we extrapolate from this [...]

  • Andrew

    I'm the wrong person for this, the wrong person entirely. It's hard to fault Pascal's prose, and while a lot of these little aphorisms are rather wonderful, melancholy mutterings. But he just keeps getting bogged down in the “proofs of Jesus,” which are really just Pascal grabbing at straws, what's wrong with the Jews, and other hallmarks of the big game of pinball that was 17th Century theology. And in fact, it comes off as rather desperate towards the end, which, perhaps can be expected fr [...]

  • Alan

    Ces distances infinites des espace m'effraie. (I quote from (bad) memory. Correted:"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie." Even better, since I'm a musician, wrote a book on bird vocalization, Birdtalk, spoke on it 80 times, including once in Milano in Italian, a couple times in the UK. Later I wrote two books on Giordano Bruno, for whom infinite space and its objects imply what NASA spends 20 billion per annum searching for, habitable worlds, for Bruno an infinite number. Google [...]

  • Ştefan Bolea

    "We are no longer dealing, as in the case of St. Augustine, with a precursor of Existentialism. Pascal is an existentialist." (William Barrett, Irrational Man, p. 111) This is why I read/ studied this book. Barrett is right: many Existentialist themes are approached by Pascal (for instance death, authenticity, possible absurdity of faith - the great thesis of Kierkegaard's FT). However, his fanaticism, intolerance (uninspired dismissals of Judaism and Islam) and especially the insistance of the [...]

  • Doutor Branco

    It really is a fantastic book. It's rich in so many different ways.

  • Garrett Cash

    Simply stunning. The greatest philosophy work I've ever read. And he wasn't even finished!

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  • CharlesBeauregard

    Pascal lived to be 39 and I understood more about christianity from this little book than I have from going to church or having discussions on religion. I would say any serious religious person deserves to read this."You can purchase the mind of Pascal for a crown. Pleasures even cheaper are sold to those who give themselves up to them. It is only luxuries and objects of caprice that are rare and difficult to obtain; unfortunately they are the only things that touch the curiosity and taste of or [...]

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