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Blaise Pascal against the Libertines


DECRYPTION - Scientists and scholars, free spirits, the libertines were also the recipients of the Thoughts, by which the philosopher undertook to bring them out of their religious indifference and their comfortable "tranquility of the soul".

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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 Thoughts.

Blaise Pascal, heart and reason.

Le Figaro Special Edition

Paradoxically, it is difficult to undertake the reading of Pascal's work without the shadow of licentiousness coming to mind, at one time or another.

We know that the project for the defense of the Christian religion that he elaborated in 1656, and whose membra


remained in manuscript will become what we call the


aimed at the unbelievers of his time, whom history has identified under the name of "libertines".

However, as precocious as he was, Blaise Pascal, born in June 1623, did not know the period of flamboyant libertinism of the first years of the century, the momentum of which was interrupted by the trial of the poet Théophile de Viau (1590- 1626), which begins precisely in July 1623.

In these twenties of the seventeenth century, polemicists…

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Source: lefigaro

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