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With Blaise Pascal, thinking on the edge of the abyss


ANALYSIS - Pascal only approached philosophy to acknowledge his bankruptcy. But the impotence of reason to have the last word in everything inspired him to meditate dizzily on the human condition.

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Figaro Special Edition

“Pascal, the heart and reason”.

In this special issue, discover the ardent life of Pascal between Clermont, Paris and Port-Royal, his mathematical genius, his inventions, his virtuoso style, his sublime



Cover of “Pascal, the heart and reason”,

Le Figaro Hors-série

Le Figaro Hors-série

Where to classify Blaise Pascal?

Scientist, theologian and mystic, writer, polemicist?

If there is in any case a title that he could never have imagined being awarded one day, it is undoubtedly that of philosopher.

Pascal's relationship to philosophy has in fact always been that of looking at this discipline from the outside: his main interest in it stemmed from the observation of its systematic failure, and the consequences it was possible to draw from it.

Needless to say the surprise which would be his today, if he learned that the


had attained an exceptional notoriety, not for the apologetic project which animated them, the defense of the truth of the Christian religion, such as it had …

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Source: lefigaro

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