Category Archives: Blaise Pascal

Freedom and Necessity in Pascal, Leibniz, and Kant

A Leitmotiv of the Pensees is Pascal’s Augustinian reflections on the conversion of the nations as a providential fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Late in the work, he takes up this theme to argue that the Church outdoes the pagan philosophers, … Continue reading

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Berkeley and Pascal Read Kant’s Transcendental Aesthetic

Kant famously argues that space and time do not belong to objects perceived, but rather are transcendental conditions for the perception of any object. He begins by noting, “That in which alone the sensations can be posited and ordered in a … Continue reading

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Humean Newman

In one of his Grammar of Assent‘s more famous lines, Newman remarks: “As to Logic, its chain of conclusions hangs loose at both ends; both the point from which the proof should start, and the points at which it should arrive, … Continue reading

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Epictetus’s modest optimism

In his Entretien avec Saci, Pascal both praises and criticizes Epictetus: “I dare to say that he [Epictetus] ought to be adored, if he had known his impotence…After having so well understood that which one ought to do, look how he … Continue reading

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“L’histoire de l’Eglise doit être proprement appelée l’histoire de la vérité.” Pascal, Pensées, 858

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Self-critiquing Reason

267. La dernière démarche de la raison est de reconnaître qu’il y a une infinité de choses qui la surpassent; elle n’est que faible, si elle ne va jusqu’à connaître cela — Pascal, in Les Pensees

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Pascal — Christ the Center

“Jésus­Christ est l’objet de tout, et le centre où tout tend. Qui le connaît connaît la raison de toutes choses…on ne peut connaître Jésus­Christ sans connaître tout ensemble et Dieu et sa misère.” — Pensees, 556.

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