Pensées by Blaise Pascal – Reviewed
by Arthur Khachatryan
Blaise Pascal’s Pensées is simply put, a book of wisdom. As merely a collection of thoughts jotted down in a notebook from the mind of one of the most brilliant of men to live, it qualifies as one of the most lucid collections of thoughts. Taking nothing away from Pensées, it goes without saying that, had the thoughts and ideas of Pascal been formally organized into more meaningful and consistent streams of thought, it would make for an even stronger work. Unfortunately, Pascal passed away before this could be carried out.
Who was Blaise Pascal? Pascal was a 17th-century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and theologian. Though Pascal passed away at the young age of 39, his contributions to though and invention have had a lasting impression. Pascal, the exemplar Rennaisance man, contributed much to humanity in various areas. Perhaps among his best-known accomplishments are his epic work of building one of the first digital calculators, inventing the syringe and the hydraulic press. The later years of his short life were filled with his work on philosophy and theology, which brings us to his thoughts, or Pensées.
Pensées is a collection of thoughts that is easy to read in bits as the thoughts are not typically expanded upon. Yet, despite this, the work is a treasure trove of brilliant thoughts meant to give a reasonable demonstration of the truth of Christianity by various philosophical and historical arguments. However, there’s something even more appealing about Pensées than the compelling arguments for Christianity from the external evidence of reality; Pascal’s incredible insights into the human being from his existential struggle and condition are nothing short of genius, as many of similar passages demonstrate…
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