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  • Published: 5 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780140446456
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

Pensees



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.

  • Published: 5 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780140446456
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Blaise Pascal

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.

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