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  1. The spinozist freedom of George Eliot's Daniel deronda.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2010 - Philosophy and Literature 34 (1):pp. 65-81.
    George Eliot's Daniel Deronda advances a conception of freedom with clear Spinozist affinities. The development of Eliot's characters, and of their relationships to one another, can be understood fruitfully in terms of growth toward freedom or contraction to bondage, where the notions of freedom and bondage are very much in accord with Spinoza's views in the Ethics. A close reading of specific scenes and an analysis of the title character's arc in the novel discloses a view of human freedom which (...)
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  2. Blaise Pascal on Skepticism and Order.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
    This work is a study of Blaise Pascal's Pensees. It proposes to show the way in which Pascal's philosophy of mind---his conception of order and the relation of reason, the emotions, and the will to the self---which emerges from his skepticism, can be used to draw out his views on morality, despite the fragmentary state of the work. The thesis begins with a consideration of the three major philosophical precursors to Pascal's project: Augustine, Montaigne, and Descartes. It continues with an (...)
     
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    The Insufficiency of the Many Gods Objection to Pascal’s Wager.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2010 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (3):513-530.
    Perhaps the best known criticism of Pascal’s wager is the many Gods objection. As so often with anglophone criticisms of Pascal, the many Gods objectiontypically treats the wager in isolation from the rest of Pascal’s thought. In this case, the truncated reading has issued in the view that Pascal was indifferent toor ignorant of the possibility that Gods other than the one described by Catholic theology might exist. This view is false. Even a cursory glance beyond the wagerfragment reveals that (...)
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    The Order of Pascal's Politics.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1):34-56.
    This essay rejects two common views of Pascal: (a) that he holds only temporal and contingent standards of justice to be available to human beings and (b) that he is indifferent to all but eternal standards of justice. Against these reductive misunderstandings, I provide a detailed reconstruction of Pascal's political thought, drawn from the Pensées and other texts. I show that Pascal develops an account of two distinct and hierarchized orders of justice: a temporal order and an eternal order. Pascal (...)
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    Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy. By Thomas S. Hibbs.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2018 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92 (4):707-710.
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    Pascalian faith and the place of the Wager.Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2011 - Heythrop Journal 52 (1):27-39.
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    Beyond the Contingent: Epistemological Authority, a Pascalian Revival, and the Religious Imagination in Third Republic France. By Kathleen A. Mulhern. Pp. 212, Wipf and Stock, 2011, $25.00. [REVIEW]Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (3):524-525.
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    The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith. By James R. Peters. Pp. 304, Baker Academic, 2009, $35.00. [REVIEW]Virgil Martin Nemoianu - 2013 - Heythrop Journal 54 (1):161-162.