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The Thoughts (or Pensees) of Blaise Pascal (annotated)

Blaise Pascal

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NOTE: This edition contains annotationsThe Thoughts (or Pensées in French) by Blaise Pascal, the renowned 17th century philosopher and mathematician, represented a defense of the Christian religion. Pascals religious conversion led him into a lifeMoreNOTE: This edition contains annotationsThe Thoughts (or Pensées in French) by Blaise Pascal, the renowned 17th century philosopher and mathematician, represented a defense of the Christian religion. Pascals religious conversion led him into a life of asceticism, and the Thoughts was in many ways his lifes work. The concept (but not the term) Pascals Wager stems from a portion of this work. Thoughts is in fact a name given posthumously to his fragments, which he had been preparing for an Apology for the Christian Religion and which was never completed.Although the Thoughts appear to consist of ideas and jottings, some of which are incomplete, it is believed that Pascal had, prior to his death in 1662, already planned out the order of the book and had begun the task of cutting and pasting his draft notes into a coherent form. His task incomplete, subsequent editors have disagreed on the order, if any, in which his writings should be read. Those responsible for his effects, failing to recognize the basic structure of the work, handed them over to be edited, and they were published in 1669. The first English translation was made in 1688 by John Walker. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that scholars began to understand Pascals intention. This edition is a 20th century translation by Charles Kegan Paul.