By Francis X.J. Coleman

Blaise Pascal begun as a mathematical prodigy, built right into a physicist and inventor, and had turn into by way of the top of his lifestyles in 1662 a profound non secular philosopher. As a thinker, he was once such a lot confident by way of the lengthy culture of scepticism, and so refused – like Kierkegaard – to construct a philosophical or theological procedure. as a substitute, he argued that the human middle required different kinds of discourse to return to phrases with the fundamental existential questions – our nature, goal and courting with God.


This advent to the lifestyles and philosophical considered Pascal is meant for the overall reader. Strikingly illustrated, it lines the antithetical tensions in Pascal’s lifestyles from his infancy, whilst he was once stated to were put below the spell of a sorceress, to his ultimate years of utmost asceticism. Pascal under pressure either the distress and greatness of humanity, our finitude and our comprehension of the limitless. The publication indicates how his lifestyles, philosophical suggestion and literary variety can top be understood within the gentle of the paradoxical view of human nature. It covers the tools of argument and the vital problems with the Provincial Letters and of the Pensées; the creation locations Pascal’s inspiration within the spiritual and political weather of seventeenth-century France, and a ‘Chronology of the lifetime of Pascal’ can be included.

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