Pensees    -     By: Blaise Pascal
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Pensees

Penguin Classics / 1995 / Paperback

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Updated edition of the famous Krailsheimer translation, the first to follow the order of notes as Pascal left them. This unfinished apology for Christianity was meant to confound the followers of Descartes by emphasizing the inadequacy of reason.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0140446451
ISBN-13: 9780140446456
UPC: 051488012009
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'If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural’

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 philosophical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in psychological, 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.

This masterly translation conveys Pascal’s disarmingly personal tone and captures all the fire and passion of the original. Also contained in this volume are a comparison between different editions, appendices and a bibliography.

Author Bio

Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont in 1623, the son of a government official. During his short life he left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged with gusto in a controversy with the Jesuits, which gave rise to his Lettres Provinciales on which, with the Pensées, his literary fame chiefly rests. A remarkable stylist, he is regarded by many as the greatest of French prose artists. He died, after a long illness, in 1662.
Dr. A.J. Krailsheimer was born in 1921 and was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. His publications are Studies in Self-Interest (1963), Rabelais and the Franciscans (1965), Three Conteurs of the Sixteenth Century (1966), Rabelais (1967), A. J. de Rancé, Abbot of La Trappe (1974), Pascal (1980), Conversion (1980), Letters of A. J. de Rancé (1984), Rancé and the Trappist Legacy (1985) and Correspondance de Rancé (1993). He has also translated Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet and Salammbo and Pascal’s The Provincial Letters for the Penguin Classics.
Dr. A.J. Krailsheimer was born in 1921 and was Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford, from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. His publications are Studies in Self-Interest (1963), Rabelais and the Franciscans (1965), Three Conteurs of the Sixteenth Century (1966), Rabelais (1967), A. J. de Rancé, Abbot of La Trappe (1974), Pascal (1980), Conversion (1980), Letters of A. J. de Rancé (1984), Rancé and the Trappist Legacy (1985) and Correspondance de Rancé (1993). He has also translated Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pécuchet and Salammbo and Pascal’s The Provincial Letters for the Penguin Classics.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2007
    Joel Weber
    I have read Pascal's Pensees 2 times now - and cannot but marvel at his depth and Truth. I have been blessed with languages and been able to read this monumental work in its original language of French. The translated book though is good and detracts not from the clear thoughts propounded. Truly an Apologist before any other, Pascal will with clarity, wit, logic and sarcasm, point out the faults of man, his need of God and why there is only one true God. Like a modern Solomon, Pascal states with simplicity many a timeless truth about the human condition. So much of this book could be used as quotes to guide nearly all facets of our lives.This is a must-read for those with an interest either in apologetics or truth.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 14, 2000
    Rick Miller
    Pensees is one of the greatest Christian books of all time, and Blaise Pascal is one of the greatest Christian minds of all time. This book is an excellent defense for Christianity - whether in Pascal's time or in our time. This is also an excellent devotional book which can be read, pondered, and read again.
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