The Essential Pascal

The Essential Pascal

Author: Blaise Pascal

Publisher: New American Library of Canada 1966.

ISBN: UOM:39015008308622

Category: Philosophy

Page: 348

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Categories: Philosophy

Pascal and Theology

Pascal and Theology

I turn to Pascal's Ecrits sur la grâce, writings which, owing perhaps to their
unfinished and repetitious character, have been much neglected by Pascal
scholars. From these writings I try not only to extrapolate Pascal's fundamental
theological ...

Author: Jan Miel

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421434247

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Originally published in 1970. The question of man's freedom to exercise his will—as active an issue among twentieth-century philosophers and theologians as it was in the Jesuit and Jansenist camps known to Pascal—is basic to this study. Pascal's theological thinking, which Professor Miel demonstrates to be the source of unity and coherence in virtually all phases of his thought, is preoccupied by a concern for man's limitations. In his analysis of Pascal's theology, Miel is concerned not only with characterizing Pascal's theological position but also with evaluating it in terms of the history of the church. In a concise and lucid review of the Christian doctrine of grace from the pre-Augustinians through the Renaissance, the author identifies the intellectual-theological atmosphere that created the need for Pascal's strong defense of Augustinian theology. Miel considers Pascal's Écrits sur la grâce, Lettres provincials, and Pensées as well as shorter compositions and correspondence. He establishes the content of Pascal's vision of grace and free will, noting both its originality and its sense of history. Most importantly, he asserts that Pascal's affirmation of Jansenism predated his association with Port Royal and, indeed, was basic to all his adult thought and work. The author finds in the writings of Pascal a style that anticipates twentieth-century theology, a sophistication that belies charges of Pascal's theological naïveté, and a concern to uphold rather than to undermine doctrinal traditions of the church.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Promise of Pragmatism

The Promise of Pragmatism

Most people, Pascal observed, “are brought to believe, not because the thing is
proved, but because it pleases. ... If solidarity is essential to reducing human
misery, what qualities and values reside in collective thought that can move
people to ...

Author: John P. Diggins

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226148785

Category: Philosophy

Page: 515

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For much of our century, pragmatism has enjoyed a charmed life, holding the dominant point of view in American politics, law, education, and social thought in general. After suffering a brief eclipse in the post-World War II period, pragmatism has enjoyed a revival, especially in literary theory and such areas as poststructuralism and deconstruction. In this sweeping critique of pragmatism and neopragmatism, one of our leading intellectual historians traces the attempts of thinkers from William James to Richard Rorty to find a response to the crisis of modernism. John Patrick Diggins analyzes the limitations of pragmatism from a historical perspective and dares to ask whether America's one original contribution to the world of philosophy has actually fulfilled its promise. In the late nineteenth century, intellectuals felt themselves in the grips of a spiritual crisis. This confrontation with the "acids of modernity" eroded older faiths and led to a sense that life would continue in the awareness, of absences: knowledge without truth, power without authority, society without spirit, self without identity, politics without virtue, existence without purpose, history without meaning. In Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Weber faced a world in which God was "dead" and society was succumbing to structures of power and domination. In America, Henry Adams resigned from Harvard when he realized there were no truths to be taught and when he could only conclude: "Experience ceases to educate". To the American philosophers of pragmatism, it was experience that provided the basis on which new methods of knowing could replace older ideas of truth. Diggins examines how, in different ways, WilliamJames, Charles Peirce, John Dewey, George H. Mead, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., demonstrated that modernism posed no obstacle in fields such as science, education, religion, law, politics, and diplomacy. Diggins also examines the work of the neopragmatists Jurgen Habermas and Richard Rorty and their attempt to resolve the crisis of postmodernism. Using one author to interrogate another, Diggins brilliantly allows the ideas to speak to our conditions as well as theirs. Did the older philosophers succeed in fulfilling the promises of pragmatism? Can the neopragmatists write their way out of what they have thought themselves into? And does America need philosophers to tell us that we do not need foundational truths when the Founders already told us that the Constitution would be a "machine" that would depend more upon the "counterpoise" of power than on the claims of knowledge? Diggins addresses these and other essential questions in this magisterial account of twentieth-century intellectual life. It should be read by everyone concerned about the roots of postmodernism (and its links to pragmatism) and about the forms of thought and action available for confronting a world after postmodernism.
Categories: Philosophy

God and Skepticism

God and Skepticism

I. * For Pascal's criticisms of dogmatic philosophies, especially Stoicism, it is
useful to consult the Conversation with M. de Saci. An English version of this is
available in The Essential Pascal, New American Library, 1966. 3 English
transation ...

Author: T. Penelhum

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400970830

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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This book is an exercise in philosophical criticism. What I criticize are some variations on a recurrent theme in religious thought: the theme that faith and reason are so disparate that faith is not undermined, but strengthened, if we judge that reason can give it no support. The common name for this view is Fideism. Those representatives of it that I have chosen to discuss do more, however, than insist on keeping faith free of the alleged contaminations of philosophical argument. They consider the case for Fideism to be made even stronger if one judges that reason cannot give us truth or assurance outside the sphere of faith any more than within it. In other words, they sustain their Fideism by an appeal to Skepticism. I call them, therefore, Skeptical Fideists. Skeptical Fideism is not a mere historical curiosity. Richard Popkin has shown us how wide its impact in the formative period of modern philosophy has been; and its impact on modern theological and apologetic reasoning has been immense. In my view, anyone who wishes to assess many of the assump tions current in the theologies of our time has to take account of it; I think, therefore, that there is a topical value in examining the figures whose views I discuss here - Erasmus, Montaigne, Bayle, and more importantly, Pascal and Kierkegaard.
Categories: Philosophy

Holding Forth the Word of Life

Holding Forth the Word of Life

19 Pascal laments the tendency for one or other of these “minds” to dominate,
though for different reasons. Geometric thinking is a skill, ... not the real God at all.
In the hermeneutical task both ways of knowing are essential. Pascal anticipates

Author: John de Jong

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725258761

Category: Religion

Page: 364

View: 200

Holding Forth the Word of Life is a collection of essays offered to honor Tim Meadowcroft on his retirement from Laidlaw College. An international authority on Daniel, over the last twenty-five years Tim has established himself as one of New Zealand’s leading biblical scholars. While specializing in Old Testament, Tim has taught and published in New Testament as well as hermeneutics and theological interpretation of Scripture. Beyond academic work he has also remained committed to the church and its voice in wider society. This collection of essays, written by leading scholars from New Zealand and beyond, covers all of these areas—Old Testament, New Testament, intertestamental texts, hermeneutics, theological interpretation of Scripture, reception history, and theological reflection on pressing issues facing society.
Categories: Religion

CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification CLO 002 Practice Questions Dumps

CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification CLO 002 Practice Questions   Dumps

Business analysts and IT pros alike are consistently called upon to assist their organization in determining which cloud service provider(s) to use, what to migrate to the cloud, and when to implement.

Author: Pascal Books


ISBN: 9798683976521


Page: 64

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Business analysts and IT pros alike are consistently called upon to assist their organization in determining which cloud service provider(s) to use, what to migrate to the cloud, and when to implement. Collecting and analyzing cloud products and services information is essential when making operational cloud business decisions. The financial and operational impacts covered by Cloud Essentials+ ensure an ability to develop and implement solid cloud strategies. Preparing for the Cloud Essentials+ Certification by CompTIA? Here we've brought 140+ Exam Questions for you so that you can prepare well for this Exam CLO-002 Unlike other online simulation practice tests, you get an eBook version that is easy to read & remember these questions. You can simply rely on these questions for successfully certifying this exam.

Cultural Hybridity

Cultural Hybridity

Essential works of Foucault: Power. London: Penguin. Fukuyama, Francis. 1992.
... The completenovels. London: Continuum. Pascal, Blaise. 1966. The essential
Pascal. New York: Mentor-Omega. Perse, Saint-John. 1982. Selected poems.

Author: Kwok-Bun Chan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135758998

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 510

This book brings together a group of scholars from diverse disciplines to interrogate everyday life events in various interpersonal and organizational contexts so as to answer an age-old question: what happens when (carriers of) cultures meet, or, when East meets West? The contributors to this volume argue that, rather than assume clashes of civilizations, assimilation, conversion and essentialism to be the expected outcomes of cultural encounters, we should focus our analytical attention on processes rather than outcomes; on emergence, dialectics, contradictions, ironies and paradoxes, and complexity. We should focus on attempting to learn and grow, to synthesize and integrate, to create and innovate, to change and transform, at personal, micro, macro and global levels. Or, in one word: hybridity. Contexts of cultural encounters analyzed in this book range from business organizations, through individual travels, to personal philosophies, and from mechanical models to complex systems as social imaginaries. This book is based on a special issue of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
Categories: Social Science

Essential Principles of Phacoemulsification

Essential Principles of Phacoemulsification

Pascal W Hasler. Essential Principles of Phacoemulsification EdHor Pascal W.
PUBLISHERS, INC. An Editorial Branch ofJaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Author: Pascal W Hasler

Publisher: JP Medical Ltd

ISBN: 9789962678618

Category: Medical

Page: 118

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Cataracts are a very common condition whereby the lens of the eye becomes cloudy causing blurred vision. Over time, a cataract can get worse, eventually leading to blindness if untreated. Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness worldwide. Phacoemulsification surgery is the most widely used method for cataract management. This book presents the four main phacoemulsification techniques. Beginning with an introduction to each method and the instruments used for surgery, each of the techniques is then described step by step in bullet format, from basics to advanced procedures for complicated cases. Edited by a recognised Swiss specialist, this concise guide includes nearly 100 full colour images and illustrations depicting both correct and incorrect techniques with detailed explanations. Key points First book to bring four main phacoemulsification techniques into one volume Reader friendly, step by step instruction on techniques presented in bullet format Presents both correct and incorrect techniques with explanations Includes nearly 100 full colour images and illustrations Edited by recognised specialist from University of Basel, Switzerland
Categories: Medical

The New Dialectic

The New Dialectic

Pascal , Blaise . 1966 ( 1659 ) . “ Reflections on Geometry and the Art of
Persuading . ' In The Essential Pascal , edited by Robert W. Gleason , 297–327 .
New York : New American Library Picard , André . 1993. ' Blood Concentrates
Still ...

Author: Douglas N. Walton

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802079873

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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Because developments in informal logic have been based, for the most part, on idealized and abstract models, the tools available for argument analysis are not easily adapted to the needs of everyday argumentation. In this book Douglas Walton proposes a new and practical approach to argument analysis based on his theory that different standards for argument must apply in the case of different types of dialogue. By refining and extending the existing formal classifications of dialogue, Walton shows that each dialogue type, be it inquiry, negotiation, or critical discussion, has its own set of goals. He goes on to demonstrate that an argument can best be evaluated in terms of its contribution, positive or negative, to the goals of the particular dialogue it is meant to further. In this way he illustrates how argument can be brought into the service of many types of dialogue, and thus has valuable uses that go well beyond the mere settling of disputes and differences. By reaching back to the Aristotelian roots of logic as an applied, practical discipline and by formulating a new framework of rationality for evaluating arguments, Douglas Walton restores a much-needed balance to argument analysis. This book complements and extends his Argument Structure: A Pragmatic Theory (University of Toronto Press, 1996).
Categories: Philosophy

More Than a Carpenter

More Than a Carpenter

[7] Blaise Pascal, quoted in Robert W. Gleason, ed., The Essential Pascal, trans.
G. F. Pullen (New York: Mentor-Omega Books, 1966), 187. [8]J. P. Moreland,
quoted in Strobel, The Case for Christ, 246–47. [9] Michael Green, Man Alive!

Author: Josh D. McDowell

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414324200

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 288

The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation of seekers with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. Since its original publication in 1977, this modern classic has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. Now with new content that addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers. Audio edition read by Sean McDowell.
Categories: Religion

Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Translated from the French. Preceded by a Sketch of His Life Blaise Pascal.
place where they are necessary ; nor , in short , to prove propositions which are
granted without proof . But the five other rules are of absolute necessity , and
cannot ...

Author: Blaise Pascal



Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Categories: Philosophy

The Polemics of Libertine Conversion in Pascal s Pens es

The Polemics of Libertine Conversion in Pascal s Pens  es

Section IV : Pascal ' s “ Gradation " of Rational and Occult Libertine Beliefs Pascal
' s thorough examination of all aspects of libertine philosophy is an essential
component of the dialectical process of “ gradation ” or the " renversement ...

Author: John F. Boitano

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 3823355511

Category: Apologetics

Page: 231

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Categories: Apologetics

Essential Physics for Manual Medicine E Book

Essential Physics for Manual Medicine E Book

... measurement and in taking blood pressure Used for barometric measurement
in the USA (blood pressure is still recorded in mm Hg) Although at first sight this
is the logical SI unit, rather than the derived pascal, it should be remembered that

Author: Martin Ferrier Young

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 9780702050022

Category: Medical

Page: 272

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A textbook that covers Physical concepts at a basic level for manual therapists specifically . Clinicians in general and manual therapists in particular have a need tounderstand certain, specific aspects of physics to an advanced level.However, many lack prior education in this area, with chemistry and biology 'A' levels being emphasized in terms of entrance requirements. Most textbooks aimed at this field concentrate exclusively on the physics underpinning biomechanics, but the level at which these books are pitched is often too high to allow understanding by students who have an inadequate background in the subject. This book acts, in part, as a primer to address this deficit. Students are also required to understand the basic physics underpinning physiology, biochemistry, radiography and therapeutics. This textbook will be a guide to these specialist areas of knowledge. This text will cover biophysics as a core subject to guide the potential clinician from total ignorance to complete mastery in the areas of physics pertinent to manual medicine and its related disciplines.
Categories: Medical

Pascal the Philosopher

Pascal the Philosopher

Even to raise the matter of grace may seem to beg a fundamental question.
Grace, as Pascal understands it, isn't offered to everyone. So we can't just
assume the inquirer we are interested in receives it. On the other hand, without
that ...

Author: Graeme Hunter

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442667006

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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Blaise Pascal has always been appreciated as a literary giant and a religious guide, but has received only grudging recognition as a philosopher: philosophers have mistaken Pascal’s harsh criticism of their discipline as a rejection of it. But according to Graeme Hunter, Pascal’s critics have simply failed to grasp his lean, but powerful conception of philosophy. This accessibly written book provides the first introduction to Pascal’s philosophy as an organic whole. Hunter argues that Pascal’s aim is not merely to humble philosophy, but to save it from a kind of failure to which it is prone. He lays out Pascal’s development of a more promising and fruitful path for philosophical inquiry, one that responded to the scientific, religious, and political upheaval of his time. Finally, Hunter illuminates Pascal’s significance for contemporary readers, allowing him to emerge as the rare philosopher who is spiritual, literary, and rigorous all at once – both a brilliant controversialist and a thinker of substance.
Categories: Philosophy

Pascal and Rhetoric

Pascal and Rhetoric

... is an essential structural element of Pascal ' s thought . For Morot - Sir , the
delimitation of Pascal ' s rhetorical doctrine is the only way to grasp the originality
of his thought , which centers on the foundational insight that being is language
for ...

Author: Erec R. Koch

Publisher: Rookwood Press

ISBN: 1886365059

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 199

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Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Cambridge Companion to Pascal

The Cambridge Companion to Pascal

Before embarking on the inheritance of Montaigne and Descartes in Pascal ' s
writing , it is essential to explore briefly some of what we know more generally of
Pascal ' s reading habits at crucial times of his life . Pascal ' s scientific culture
was ...

Author: Nicholas Hammond

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521006112

Category: History

Page: 287

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A convenient and accessible guide to Blaise Pascal presenting the full range of his achievement.
Categories: History

Studies in french language literature and history

Studies in french language literature and history

Language and Literature in the University of London ... From the eighteenth
century onwards the editions of Pascal have been many , all have been
necessary to the ...

Author: Fraser Mackenzie

Publisher: CUP Archive




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Python Essential Reference

Python Essential Reference

This is useful when dealing with Pascal code, as is sometimes necessary on the
Macintosh. Note that the length of the string in this case is limited to 255
characters. When the ' I ' and 'L' formats are used to unpack a value, the return
value is a ...

Author: David Beazley

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780768687026

Category: Computers

Page: 744

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Python Essential Reference is the definitive reference guide to the Python programming language — the one authoritative handbook that reliably untangles and explains both the core Python language and the most essential parts of the Python library. Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also includes detailed information on the Python library and many advanced subjects that is not available in either the official Python documentation or any other single reference source. Thoroughly updated to reflect the significant new programming language features and library modules that have been introduced in Python 2.6 and Python 3, the fourth edition of Python Essential Reference is the definitive guide for programmers who need to modernize existing Python code or who are planning an eventual migration to Python 3. Programmers starting a new Python project will find detailed coverage of contemporary Python programming idioms. This fourth edition of Python Essential Reference features numerous improvements, additions, and updates: Coverage of new language features, libraries, and modules Practical coverage of Python's more advanced features including generators, coroutines, closures, metaclasses, and decorators Expanded coverage of library modules related to concurrent programming including threads, subprocesses, and the new multiprocessing module Up-to-the-minute coverage of how to use Python 2.6’s forward compatibility mode to evaluate code for Python 3 compatibility Improved organization for even faster answers and better usability Updates to reflect modern Python programming style and idioms Updated and improved example code Deep coverage of low-level system and networking library modules — including options not covered in the standard documentation
Categories: Computers

The Essential Sangharakshita

The Essential Sangharakshita

... to a ripe old age. As Pascal said, • the essential sangharakshita 5 Life Is King 6
The Buddhist Attitude to Death.

Author: Urgyen Sangharakshita

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861715855

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 792

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Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylus, and Jane Austen. This distilled volume is a primer to the breadth and depth of Buddhist thought and practice.
Categories: Literary Collections