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Pascalian Meditations

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This critique of scholastic reason can be made in the name of Pascal because his thought expressed the features of human existence which the scholastic outlook ignores - his concern with symbolic power, his refusal of the ambition of foundation, his attention, devoid of all populist naivete, to ordinary people and his determination to seek the raison d'etre of the seemingl ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Polity Press (first published 1997)
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Trevor
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is sort of a ‘why I’m not a Marxist’ explanation from Bourdieu. He warns you right at the start that this is what this is going to be. I’m going to quote that now – from pages one and two:

“For a long time I had adopted the habit, when asked the (generally ill-intentioned) question of my relations with Marx, of replying that, all in all, if I really had to affiliate myself, I would say I was more of a Pascalian.”

Now, I guess most of us are aware of Blaise Pascal’s meditations from the m
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Dhandayutha
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bourdieu is a very important sociologist of our era.Basic premise of this book is as old as philosophy itself. Bourdieu views his premise (What is the justification of human existence?) in various angles in terms of various terms he provides an analysis of the tools which are necessary for the justification of the human existence.Bourdieu defines himself as a pascalian,every chapter of this book can also be considered as a short introductions to his key concepts such as "habitus" "symbolic capit ...more
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Bourdieu pioneered investigative frameworks and terminologies such as cultural, social, and symbolic capital, and the concepts of habitus, field or location, and symbolic violence to reveal the dynamics of power relations in social life. His work emphasized the role of practice and embodiment or forms in social dynamics and worldview construction, often in opposition to universalized Western philo ...more
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