Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Oxford University Press (1994)
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Playing with Truth is the first comprehensive work on Pascal to be devoted to his use in the Pens'ees of key terms depicting its central subject--the human condition. Generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, the Pens'ees is an unfinished work which has both inspired and perplexed readers in succeeding centuries. In this study Nicholas Hammond explores such fundamental notions as language and order, proceeding with a detailed analysis of the words inconstance, ennui, inqui'etude, bonheur, f'elicit'e, and justice. In the process, he gives an in-depth account of many important critical controversies of the day, as well as offering a novel and provocative insight into the persuasive purpose of the Pens'ees.
Keywords Apologetics History  Certainty  Belief and doubt  French literature History and criticism
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Call number B1901.P43.H36 1994
ISBN(s) 0198158939
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Virgil Martin Nemoianu (2013). The Order of Pascal's Politics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1):34-56.
Matthew L. Jones (2001). Writing and Sentiment: Blaise Pascal, the Vacuum, and the Pensées. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (1):139-181.
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