For much of his life Pascal (1623-62) worked on a magnum opus which was never published in its intended form. Instead, he left a mass of fragments which became known as the "Pensees", and they occupy a crucial place in Western philosophy and religious writing. Pascal's general intention was to confound scepticism about metaphysical questions. Some of the "Pensees" are fully developed literary reflections on the human condition, some contradict others, and some remain jottings whose meaning will never be clear. The most important are among the most powerful aphorisms about human experience and behaviour ever written in any language. This translation includes the principal dossiers classified by Pascal, as well as the essential portion of the important Writings on Grace.
Blaise Pascal's unfinished work, Pensees, is an eloquent apology for the Christian faith. In a fragmented collection of notes, Pascal examines Christianity as well as human nature through theological, sociological, and metaphysical lenses while experiencing his own religious conversion. Only through faith and God can mankind be saved from the wretched creatures they are since birth. This is a compelling read for everyone interested in religion.
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 Provincialeson 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.