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Freedom and Necessity in Pascal, Leibniz, and Kant

A Leitmotiv of the Pensees is Pascal’s Augustinian reflections on the conversion of the nations as a providential fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Late in the work, he takes up this theme to argue that the Church outdoes the pagan philosophers, not merely in the depth of its knowledge, but in the breadth with which it distributes it: “What men by their greatest lights had been able to work out, teaches to its children” (§230, 530b). 1.850 palabras más

Immanuel Kant

Pascal's Possibility

Of course there is no chance of “proving” God by strict logical syllogisms (but can we prove anything outside of mathematics this way?) Every logician knows that there’s nothing in the conclusion that is not already latent in the premises. 1.622 palabras más

CS Lewis

Berkeley and Pascal Read Kant's Transcendental Aesthetic

Kant famously argues that space and time do not belong to objects perceived, but rather are transcendental conditions for the perception of any object. He begins by noting, “That in which alone the sensations can be posited and ordered in a certain form, cannot itself be sensation; and therefore, while the matter of all appearance is given to us… 749 palabras más

Epistemology

in faith

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.

Blaise Pascal, quoted in Thoughts from Earth (2004), p. 26 palabras más

Trust

A Pascal pensee

The Catholic religion does not bind us to confess our sins indiscriminately to everybody; it allows them to remain hidden from all other men save one, to whom she bids us reveal the innermost recesses of our heart and show ourselves as we are.

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Blaise Pascal

The sad condition of man

Man is neither angel nor beast, and it is unfortunately the case that anyone trying to act the angel acts the beast.

-Blaise Pascal

Faith And Life