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Feel like I really need to have read this as part of a class. Most forwards to books seem useless to me and I skip past them but I actually flipped back to the front of this book three separate times expecting there to be one before I got used to it, that's how obvious it seemed to me that it needed one. Okay, I guess you can go to wikipedia for the backstory but different editions present the notes in a different order, so why not have a note about why this edition's order was chosen to be what...more
Apr 26, 2011 Troy rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Philosophers, Christians, Atheists, Mathematicians
A selection from Pascal's "Pensees" revolving around the philosopher's explanation of his "wager" on the existence of God. The writings can be a bit difficult to warm up to, probably due to the fact that the subjects can be a bit scatter-shot up until the mid-point of the book, where he writes on his "wager". From then on, the writings are fairly lucid arguments or aphorisms revolving around the existence of God. There are a few references to Montaigne; Pascal does not appear to be a fan. Montai...more
i don't even know what to rate this. It was seriously unenjoyable...one of the VERY few books I've ever quit half-way through. I feel like this book needs to be read in a scholastic environment with a professor to guide you through. It would have been a better read if I'd had a better context to put it in within a class or something, rather than just reading it on my own. I also disagree with many of the points he makes about the existence of god, but that doesn't make it a bad book, just becaus...more
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of E...moreMore about Blaise Pascal...