Pascal. Les provinciales: ou les Lettres écrites par Louis de. Montalte à un provincial de ses amis et aux RR. PP. Jésuites. Les provinciales: ou les Lettres. Lettres Provinciales () by Blaise Pascal, translated by Thomas M’Crie · Sister Projects. D’Alembert 1 Tabaraud, Dissertation sur la foi qui est due au Tcmoignage de Pascal dans ses Lettres Provincial es,p 12 This work, published some years ago in.
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There’s a fragmentary 19th letter. Among other things, the author advances a proposition now known as Pascal’s Wager: Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask ldttres readers questions about Pensees and the Provincial Lettersplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Pensees and the Provincial Letters. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Pensees is the skeleton of a book.
In substance, they are not that far off either. Of course, the most well known and best writing comes in Section 3, The Provincialws of the Pqscal. Despite what we imagine the truth is behind our existence, he sums it up nicely. It is not optional.
Toward the end of the Pensees the writing takes on a letttres more Christian orthodox tone. His dismissal of Islam and contesting beliefs in favor of Christianity lacks the self-reflective tenor of the earlier writings. Belief is no longer a wager, it becomes conviction.
The Provincial Letters takes up the second half of the book. Pascal writes in defense of the Jansenists against the accusations of the Jesuits. The letters attack the spurious causistic morality of the Jesuits and contain lettrew of finer points of Catholicism such as the existence of efficacious grace. In the time they were written, they may have been compelling reading on the esoteric aspects of faith but, not surprisingly, they are hard to get into today.
Unless you are a pasca Calvinist or something. Aug 09, John rated it really liked it. The Pensees make up the first half of the volume. In general, I found the more philosophical sections to be of greater value to me than the theological sections. Many of the thoughts in those early philosophical sections took on the character of proverbs, practical axioms to live by.
This works given the format of the work. The more theological sections struck me as fragmentary–the beginnings of arguments or ideas that had yet to be developed as they needed to be. This isn’t the case all the ti The Pensees make up the first half of the volume. This isn’t the case all the time, but it gave the latter portion of the work less vitality. The Provincial Letters were surprisingly comical, but only at that point where comedy touches sadness.
Pascal spends most of the first few letters going back and forth to various representatives of competing theological groups trying to assess their rather obscure differences.
All this only heightens the sense that theologians are completely out of touch with real life. Pascal’s interjections to the absurdities he’s hearing are amusing, though they never fail to make his very serious points. The rest of the letters involve his dialogue with a single monk, and then a broader group of Jesuits. These gentlemen have designs on undermining virtually any sinful practice, all privinciales focusing the doctrine of sin on intentions rather than the actions themselves.
Pascal is rightly horrified by such rationalizing, and responds pointedly to protect his own reputation, but more than that, to defend those who have been undermined by these misguided and probably wicked monks. The arguments get relatively repetitive by the end, but the pascla are quite valuable for capturing a theological moment, as letres as demonstrating effective means to craft a response to erroneous opinions.
Mar 27, Roger Burk rated it liked it. It’s an odd combination.
In some ways Pascal is a modern thinker, saying that when scientific experience conflicts with Scripture, we must conclude that we have misunderstood Scripture. But the last third of the Pensees is devoted to how miracles prove the truth of Catholicism. It reminds me of Newton, a great mathemetician and scientist who devoted much of his later life to unprofitable speculations on religion and alchemy.
Oct 06, sologdin rated it did not like it Shelves: Jun 20, Brian rated it liked it. Sep 04, Penny rated it really liked it. First off I will admit I did not read the Provincial Letters part of the book.
I had to get this through interlibrary loan and this was the volume that contained Pensees. I have read many quotes from Pensees and kept some of them. But overall, the many “thoughts” were drier than I had anticipated. It was written in the ‘s which is why it deserves 4 stars — he was a very deep thinker for his time and I am sure his thoughts were well discussed by those who had the wherewithal to purchase a co First off I will admit I did not read the Provincial Letters part of the book.
It was written in the ‘s which is why it deserves 4 stars — he was a very deep thinker for his time and I am sure his thoughts were well discussed by those who had the wherewithal to purchase a copy of his book. Onsi rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Ilka rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Chuck rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Tika rated it really liked it Jul 02, Nathan rated it really liked it Mar 22, Evelyn Michael rated it really liked it Feb 07, Laura Trussell rated it it was amazing Nov 02, James rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Kasiek rated it really liked it Jan 03, Michael Stanfill rated it liked it Aug 02, Claudio rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Stark rated it it was amazing May 17, Randall Gwin rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Todd Ford rated it liked it Aug 01, Charlie rated it really liked it Feb 24, Ruth Rocklin rated it really liked it Jun 28, Samuel Ellemor rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Sean Strnad rated it really liked it Nov 28, Ahmad Shuhib rated it really liked it Apr 28, Tony rated it really liked it Oct 23, Frbernard Mulcahy rated it really liked it Feb 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Les Lettres Provinciales de Blaise Pascal – Primary Source Edition by Blaise Pascal – Paperback
He and Thomas Hobbes lived in Paris at the same time including the year Hobbes published his famous Leviathan Together with Pierre de FermatPascal created the calculus of probabilities. A near-fatal carriage accident in November — less than eight years before his death — persuaded him to turn provihciales 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 pscal series against the Jesuits in called the Provincial Letters.
Pascal is perhaps most famous for his Wager ‘Pascal’s Wager’which is not as pgovinciales in his language as in this summary: If Jesus does pxscal, the non Christian gains eternal life by believing and loses an infinite good by not believing. At the last he was a Jansenist Catholic.
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