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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Pascal
Author:
Hammond, Nicholas.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xvi, 287 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Pascal's life and times / Ben Rogers -- Pascal's reading and the inheritance of Montaigne and Descartes / Henry Phillips -- Pascal's work on probability / A.W.F. Edwards -- Pascal and decision theory / Jon Elster -- Pascal's physics / Daniel C. Fouke -- Pascal's philosophy of science / Desmond M. Clarke -- Pascal's theory of knowledge / Jean Khalfa -- Grace and religious belief in Pascal / Michael Moriarty -- Pascal and holy writ / David Wetsel -- Pascal's Lettres provinciales : from flippancy to fundamentals / Richard Parish -- Pascal and the social world / Hélène Bouchilloux -- Pascal and philosophical method / Pierre Force -- Pascal's Pensées and the art of persuasion / Nicholas Hammond -- The reception of Pascal's Pensées in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries / Antony McKenna.
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ISBN:
9780521809245

9780521006118
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Each volume of this series of companions to major philosophers contains specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars, together with a substantial bibliography, and will serve as a reference work for students and nonspecialists. One aim of the series is to dispel the intimidation such readers often feel when faced with the work of a difficult and challenging thinker. Blaise Pascal (1623-62) occupies a position of pivotal importance in many domains: philosophy, mathematics, physics, religious polemics and apologetics. In this volume a team of leading scholars presents the full range of Pascal's achievement and surveys the intellectual background of his thought and the reception of his work. New readers and nonspecialists will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Pascal currently available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Pascal.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Pascal's life and timesBen Rogers
2 Pascal's reading and the inheritance of Montaigne and DescartesHenry Phillips
3 Pascal's work on probabilityA. W. F. Edwards
4 Pascal and decision theoryJon Elster
5 Pascal's PhysicsDaniel Fouke
6 Pascal's Philosophy of ScienceDesmond M. Clarke
7 Pascal's theory of knowledgeJean Khalfa
8 Grace and religious belief in PascalMichael Moriarty
9 Pascal and Holy WritDavid Wetsel
10 Pascal's Lettres provinciales: from flippancy to fundamentalsRichard Parish
11 Pascal and the social worldHÃ(c)lÿne Bouchilloux
12 Pascal and philosophical methodPierre Force
13 Pascal's Pensées and the art of persuasionNicholas Hammond
14 The reception of Pascal's Pensées in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuriesAntony McKenna