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Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Nicholas Hammond

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Blaise Pascal's Pensées is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest masterpieces of seventeenth-century France, an unfinished work which has both inspired and perplexed readers in succeeding ... More


A Rule for Children and Other Writings

Jacqueline Pascal

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226648316
eISBN:
9780226648347
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226648347.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Jacqueline Pascal (1625–1661) was the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun at the Jansenist Port–Royal convent in France. She was also a prolific writer who argued for the spiritual rights of women and ... More


INTRODUCTION

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The majority of studies to have appeared on Blaise Pascal's use of language concentrate either on vocabulary or style. Although Sara Melzer in Discourses of the Fall does not examine individual ... More


Ordre

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter looks briefly at ordre and its different meanings, and the way in which these meanings shift. It then considers order in relation to fragmentation. There are six main categories into ... More


Language in the Pensées

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Perhaps the major difference between the use of ‘paroles’ in this letter and the function of words in the Pensées lies in the fact that the polemicist, despite his recognition of the inadequacy of ... More


Playing with Truth

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Divertissement is directly related to the notion of play in the Pensées. The term emanates from man's corrupt nature and acts as an impetus to redirect him towards spiritual ... More


Justice

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The complexities of the vernacular use of justice can be seen in the thirteen pages of the 1757 edition of the Encyclopédie devoted to the term. Justice is divided into two sorts, ‘commutative’ ... More


Inconstance

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Inconstance occurs the least number of times in the Pensées of the three nouns which appear in L24. Situated as the final word, it offsets the structural symmetry of the ... More


Pascal’s Miraculous Tongue

Anthony Cordingley

in Samuel Beckett's How It Is: Philosophy in Translation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474440608
eISBN:
9781474453868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440608.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter locates allusions to the works and life of Blaise Pascal from The Unnamable to How It Is. It explores the relationship Beckett forges between literary allusions and the contents of ... More


Blaise Pascal, Henry Darger, and the Book in Hand

Adam Zachary Newton

in To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263516
eISBN:
9780823266470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Chapter 3 examines the limit-case of what might be called écriture trouvé: found writing that has fallen into the hands and under the critical gaze of (unintended) readers. “Touch” and “tact” in the ... More


Ennui

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

All general studies of ennui recognise the original and central importance which Blaise Pascal brought to it. The significance of ennui in the Pensées would seem to be diminished by the relatively ... More


Inquiétude

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Inquiétude is used in all cases as a singular noun either with no accompanying article or with a definite article of the eleven times it appears in the Pensées. Although the ... More


Bonheur/Félicité

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The interchangeability of bonheur and félicité which one finds in the dictionaries informs the use of both terms in the Pensées. As far as this chapter can ascertain, they are completely synonymous, ... More


The French Augustinians

Christopher Brooke

in Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152080
eISBN:
9781400842414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter details the contemporary assault on Stoic moral psychology from the pens of the French Augustinians. The influence of the Stoic revival of the sixteenth century continued to be felt in a ... More


Pascal: The Fragments of Infinity

Andrew Hui

in A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780691188959
eISBN:
9780691190556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691188959.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at how Blaise Pascal, standing at the threshold of early modernity, rejects the system of Cartesian philosophy and embraces a Christian poetics of the fragment. While textual ... More


Tocqueville’s Relation to Jansenism

Lucien Jaume

in Tocqueville: The Aristocratic Sources of Liberty

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152042
eISBN:
9781400846726
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152042.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter considers the supposed Jansenist leanings of Tocqueville. For generations, scholars have been arguing that Tocqueville had deep sympathy for Pascal and perhaps for Jansenism. However, it ... More


The Quarrel of the Imaginaires

Hugh Gaston Hall

in Richelieu's Desmarets and the Century of Louis XIV

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151579
eISBN:
9780191672743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151579.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In December 1665 Jean Desmarets engaged the Jansenist apologist Pierre Nicole in a doctrinal controversy, which Nicole turned into a personal ad hominem attack on Desmarets: the Quarrel of the ... More


Introduction: La Condition de lʼHomme

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

L24 constitutes the only fragment where ‘la condition de l'homme’ is directly named. Moreover, the Recueil original clearly shows that Blaise Pascal wrote each term with a capital letter, a point ... More


Myth-making or Enlightenment?: Pascal, Voltaire, the Encyclopedia (1657–1777)

Maurice A. Finocchiaro

in Retrying Galileo, 1633-1992

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520242616
eISBN:
9780520941373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520242616.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores a miscellany of texts and events that begin in the period 1657–1777. It investigates the reappearance of Blaise Pascal's comparison in the French Encyclopedia. Antoine Arnauld ... More


James and Pascal

Robert J. O'Connell

in William James on the Courage to Believe

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823217274
eISBN:
9780823284962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823217274.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This chapter focuses on William James' relationship to Blaise Pascal. One of the fiercest critics of James' contentions has gotten considerable mileage out of viewing his lecture through the lens ... More


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