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Compiled after his death in 1662, Pascal’s “pensées” (thoughts) are his ideas for a book in defense of faith in a rational world. These fragments give evidence of a profoundly original thinker who had resolved the conflict between his scientific mind and his heart-felt faith.

The book begins with an analysis of the difference between mathematical and intuitive thinking and goes on to consider the value of skepticism, contradictions, feeling, memory, and imagination. It is a powerful look at humanity’s weakness and the futility of worldly life. Much of the value of Pensées lies in the clarity with which Pascal was able to present his intuitive thoughts.

Pascal spent much of his life composing this magnum opus, which offers some of the most powerful aphorisms about human experience and behavior ever written.

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  • “I know of no religious writer more pertinent to our time.”

    T. S. Eliot

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mitch | 2/12/2014

    " Blaise Pascal is a guy who knows and knows about knowledge and knowing -- what knowledge is and how it can be known, and what the right way of knowing is (namely, not only 'mathematically' [an acute consideration of propositions through rigorous logic] but also 'intuitively' [a perceptive 'looking at first glance' with the inclusion of the 'reasons of the heart' as a valid postulate in reasoning]). This is what I've seen of him so far. Haven't read yet through the whole book, but definitely enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky | 2/11/2014

    " "Man is a reed- albeit, a thinking reed..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeremy Sabol | 1/29/2014

    " pretty darn good translation - very solid introduction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 1/16/2014

    " This is a book that opened my mind to new ways of looking at religion and the soul. "

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