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Pascal and Montaigne: best enemies


ANALYSIS - If Pascal found in Montaigne another himself, he reproached the author of the Essays for his fundamental nonchalance, his bias for lightness, foreign to the greatness of Salvation and Christian hope.

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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”,

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A former student of the ENS (Ulm) and agrégé in classics, Pierre Lyraud is an assistant professor of 17th

century French literature at the University of Montreal.

He has just published a revised version of his thesis under the title Figures de la finitude chez Pascal.

The end and the passage (Honoré Champion, 2022).

Because it was him


because it was me

”: thus Montaigne evokes, in a phrase that has become famous, the unspeakable friendship that bound him to Étienne de La Boétie.

But friendships can be made beyond the grave.

This is what the reading of the


inspires in Pascal: “

It is not in Montaigne but in myself that I find all that I see there

” (Thought 568).

Because he is a bit like me… So almost seventy years old…

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