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Humean Newman

In one of his Grammar of Assent‘s more famous lines, Newman remarks: “As to Logic, its chain of conclusions hangs loose at both ends; both the point from which the proof should start, and the points at which it should arrive, are beyond its reach; it comes short both of first principles and of concrete issues” (284). 677 palabras más


Blaise Pascal on Original Sin

 “The transmission of sin seems to us not only impossible, it even seems very unjust; for what could be more contrary to the rules of our sorry justice than the eternal damnation of a child incapable of willpower for a sin in which he seems to have played so small a part, and which was committed six thousand years before he was born? 123 palabras más

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Pascal's Sphere

In Coleman Barks’ introduction to Chapter 16 of his Big Red Book, he quotes Carl Jung (1875-1961) as saying:

“The Self (God) is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” 376 palabras más


With God's power and in His name

Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little
since I do them with your power;
and little things as though they were great… 15 palabras más


To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.

Blaise Pascal, Pensées


Epictetus's modest optimism

In his Entretien avec Saci, Pascal both praises and criticizes Epictetus: “I dare to say that he ought to be adored, if he had known his impotence…After having so well understood that which one ought to do, look how he loses himself in the presumption that one can do it” (293a). 244 palabras más