• Pensees
  • Pensees
ISBN: 0486821501
EAN13: 9780486821504
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 18, 2018
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 7.95" L x 4.96" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Not a book you can read in just one sitting ...
There are many other references that should probably be read also, but not necessarily. It will make you think for sure.
   The religion part is disgusting
For such a brilliant person, his ideas of atheistic and Christian beliefs were typical of so many other distorted writers of the time before science. An athirst can be as happy and moral as any Christian, despite what the author believes to be true. Hitler, Mussolini, and many other enlightened '' Catholics were evil, while many of the atheistic Russians who helped destroy them were not. Character and morality have little to do with religious convictions one way or another and Pascal should have known better.
   "The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread."
At his time, Pascal was bleeding on the edge of knowledge-perhaps even before his time. He saw the latest telescopes and microscopes and was able to experience the infinity-an infinity that terrified him and filled him with anxiety. In this way he represents all modern existentialists and nihilists. How far from the current popular scientists with their documentaries that try to make nature fun! He seems to argue that this vertigo called reality is no match for this nebulous concept of reason. There is no doubt that he is a Christian and he tries with all his Christian might to reconcile this experience of nature with his intellectual faith. I tried very hard to believe his view, to read him charitably, but it is very difficult to accept his final version of Christianity, which is very, very dark.
Highly profound. More highly profound than I can ever express. Yes, much more profound than a man with my limits can explain.
   My favorite translation . . .
My favorite is Krailsheimer's. It is clear and accurate. The 32 - page introduction is very helpful. And Krailsheimer gives a Concordance that allows me to find the various passages in another translation of the Pensées and in the Brunschvicg French edition. I have had the Penguin Classics paperback for decades, but recently I needed to refer to Pascal's thoughts in several lessons, I was giving. I wanted to have a copy on my iPhone and my iPad. So, I can now have Pascal wherever I go.
It is pretty ridiculous to add a kindle version option to this book for you to open it, to find out that it is not the same book. Be warned :
   Not a beautiful edition
There are several editions by Pensees : I bought this book to read the introduction by T S Eliot. This is great for students or for when I want to mark the text. Paper values are cheap, sticky cover, low quality.
   Timeless faith and spiritual thoughts....
It is interesting to see how few spiritual people have read this book. It is truly moving and you'll find yourself repeating much of what Pascal wrote so long ago. It is a book by a man who thought long and hard about faith. While some of his sayings are popular and well known, many of the best I believe are still waiting for you in the book.