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Les provinciales: ou Lettres ecrits par Louis de Montalte [pseud.] a un provincial de ses amis, et aux rr. pp. jesuites, sur la morale & la politique de ces peres, avec un Discours pr liminaire contenant un abr ge de la vie de M. Pascal, & l'histoire d

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Published May 14th 2010 by BiblioBazaar (first published 1830)
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Jim
We are typically loath to read any work from four or five hundred years ago that is heavily immersed in theological argument, firstly because there are few who could follow a close argument, and secondly, because there are few who would care.

The Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, was founded in 1540 as a result of the efforts of St Ignatius of Loyola. Its history has been checkered, with frequent accusations of "casuistry" (i.e., bending the laws of God to make things easier for the powerful). Many
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David Bennatan
As someone for whom the disputes in the book were irrelevant, I have to say that I found Pascal's methods of argument very impressive. It's just hard to believe that the Jesuits could have been as malevolent as portrayed by the author.

Even if one has no interest in religious doctrines this book is important as a historical record of what was going on in the Catholic church after the Reformation. The religious issues had religious and political importance. It was a life and death matter if a cer
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Dec 22, 2009 cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Counted as one of the greatest works in the French language, Pascal's letters are a brilliant mix of acumen, well constructed argument, and withering wit. He launched an assault on the moral theology of the Jesuits during the height of the Jansenist controversy and left a rather amusing and enlightening work what is beautiful in its turn of both phrase and thought.

The first half of the letters is Pascal's attempt to relate the opposing views in the controversy and to illuminate the Jesuit views
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Maurice
A good read. Found the style of writing a challenge.
Kata
Oct 05, 2010 Kata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading it in Hungarian translation as "Vidéki levelek".
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French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal was a contemporary of René Descartes and was ten when Galileo Galilei was forced to recant his belief that the earth circled the sun. He and Thomas Hobbes lived in Paris at the same time (1640) including the year Hobbes published his famous Leviathan (1651). Together with Pierre de Fermat, Pascal created the calculus of probabilities.

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“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

(Letter 16, 1657)”
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“Reverend Fathers, my letters do not customarily follow one another so closely, nor are they usually so extensive. The little time I have had has caused both. I have made this one longer only because I have not had the leisure of making it shorter.” 1 likes
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