The Cambridge Companion to Pascal

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April 2003



Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) occupies a position of pivotal importance in many domains: philosophy, mathematics, physics, religious polemics and apologetics. A team of leading scholars surveys the range of his achievement and intellectual background as well as the reception of his work. New readers and nonspecialists will find a convenient and accessible guide to Pascal and advanced students and specialists, a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of his works.


Introduction; 1. Pascal's life and times Ben Rogers; 2. Pascal's reading and the inheritance of Montaigne and Descartes Henry Phillips; 3. Pascal's work on probability A. W. F. Edwards; 4. Pascal and decision theory Jon Elster; 5. Pascal's Physics Daniel Fouke; 6. Pascal's Philosophy of Science Desmond M. Clarke; 7. Pascal's theory of knowledge Jean Khalfa; 8. Grace and religious belief in Pascal Michael Moriarty; 9. Pascal and Holy Writ David Wetsel; 10. Pascal's Lettres provinciales: from flippancy to fundamentals Richard Parish; 11. Pascal and the social world Helene Bouchilloux; 12. Pascal and philosophical method Pierre Force; 13. Pascal's Pensees and the art of persuasion Nicholas Hammond; 14. The reception of Pascal's Pensees in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Antony McKenna.


Nicholas Hammond is Reader in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge. His books include Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensees (Oxford University Press, 1994), Creative Tensions: An Introduction to Seventeenth-Century French Literature (Duckworth, 1997), Fragmentary Voices: Memory and Education at Port-Royal (Gunter Narr, 2004) and Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France, 1610-1715 (Peter Lang, 2011). He is also co-editor of The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


'A treasure trove for the Pascal enthusiast.' Scientific and Medical Network Review 'There can be no doubt that the Cambridge Companions series serves a very useful purpose. ... Fouke's and Clarke's essays do the work that a historian might expect. ... a good bibliography ... there is certainly enough interest in this book to make it worth the attention of the historian of science.' British Journal of the History of Science
EAN: 9780521809245
ISBN: 052180924X
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Companions to Philos'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2003
Seitenanzahl: 287 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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