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by A. J. Krailsheimer,Blaise Pascal


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Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont in 1623, the son of a government official. Kreeft's book is a chunky 341-page (5 x 8 x 1) paperback.

Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont in 1623, the son of a government official. During his short life he left his mark on mathematics, physics, religious controversy and literature. A convert to Jansenism, he engaged with gusto in a controversy with the Jesuits, which gave rise to his Lettres Provinciales on which, with the Pensées, his literary fame chiefly rests. Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness is a 106-page selection (about 208 of 993 thoughts) from the original Pensees (also from the translation).

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Published October 27th 2009 by Penguin Books. Paperback, 105 pages. Author(s): Blaise Pascal, . Krailsheimer (Translator). Human Happiness (Penguin Great Ideas). Published August 7th 2008 by Penguin. Author(s): Blaise Pascal. ISBN: 0141042516 (ISBN13: 9780141042510).

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By Blaise Pascal Introduction by A. J. Krailsheimer Translated by A. . Krailsheimer. Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Penseés is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, social, metaphysical and – above all – theological terms. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

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Penguin Great Ideas Up until Pascal loads these aphorisms with religion, he has some brilliant things to say on human's an.

Penguin UK. Book Format. Where Pascal famously gets on his half-baked horse and declares the wager of devoting himself to christianity for the chance of 'gaining everything' if god exists opposed to 'losing nothing' if he doesn't. Up until Pascal loads these aphorisms with religion, he has some brilliant things to say on human's and boredom, dreams, and overall ways people perceive each other and go about their lives. Really, he wanted to be as carefree just unlike Montage, he wanted to still be a devoted Christian.

Created by the seventeenth-century philosopher and mathematician Pascal, the essays contained in Human Happiness are a curiously optimistic look at whether humans can ever find satisfaction and real joy in life � or whether a belief in God is a wise gamble at best.

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Windbearer
Some history . . . I purchased a related book through Amazon: Christianity for Modern Pagans--Pascal's Pensees Edited, Outlined, and Explained. In it, Peter Kreeft selects 203 of the 993 "thoughts" from the original (as translated by Krailsheimer in the Penguin edition), reorganizes them, and comments on them. It, too, is an excellent companion if you want to better understand Pascal's work.

Then I ran across this book--Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness. Kreeft's book is a chunky 341-page (5 x 8 x 1) paperback. Blaise Pascal, Human Happiness is a 106-page selection (about 208 of 993 thoughts) from the original Pensees (also from the Penguin/Krailsheimer translation). The selections are well-chosen, capturing key sections of the Pensees (including 7 of the 9 long passages, which are really essays on topics like "44 Imagination. . . . the dominant faculty in man, the master of error and falsehood"; 199 the "Disproportion of Man" in nature--the limits of "unaided knowledge"; or "418 Infinity - Nothing," where Pascal makes his famous "wager." The book is nicely put together, with an attractive cover in a true "pocket book" format (4 x 6 x 1/4 and very light). It can literally be slipped into a jacket pocket. The book even has eight blank pages at the end. I'm guessing they're for jotting down notes as you read and think about the thoughts. Nice touch.

But I liked it so much that I purchased the Kindle edition so I could have it on my iPhone, iPad, or Kindle. I can so highlight selections, make annotations, and have the highlighted text and my notes in the "My Clippings" file on my Kindle.

Only one criticism: As the other reviewer noted--there is no introductory material. If you want to read a good rationale for extracting and reorganizing the Pensees, try the introduction in Peter Kreeft's book. And since the Pensees in this collection are NOT reorganized, if you are not familiar with Pascal, you are really going to need some explanation of why the thoughts were thrown together in this fashion.
Authis
I have always loved Pascal for his insights. "The heart has reasons that reason knows not "

This translation seems clearer and fresher than one s I've read in the past. The insights into human nature and the working of the mind seen spot on. He doesn't bother to speculate or delve into the _why_ always but when he does he gets that right as well. For example it is not always the power of an individual that impresses as much as the trappings of power. Or, that a trifle upsets us as easily as it consoles or delights us-the deciding factor being our complex if fractious minds.

I wonder at what kind of mind and character could have produced such a work!
Amhirishes
Everyone should read this. Gave me a new perspective on the distractions in life, and a respect for faith. I carry it with me all the time because of the compact size and the quality and thoughtfulness of the content is highlighted by the amazing embossed cover. If I lost it, I would get it again. Everyone should read this book, right up there with Aristotle, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu.
Insanity
Taken from the Penguin classics edition of Pensees (French for "thoughts"), this is a collection of selected sayings relating to the human condition. Ever since I first read Pensees in 1977, Pascal's ruminations on the magesty and misery of man have enriched and edified me. I return to this insights often and often quote him in my writings and lectures.

If one reads and reflects on this shorter collection, one will likely want to read the entire Pensees, despite the difficulty in understanding where some of the fragments would have fit into the larger apologetic work that Pascal was never able to finish, given his poor health. One may also be interested in reading my book, On Pascal (Wadsworth, 2003), for more on Pascal's achievements as a scientist and philosopher.

My only complaint is that the book lacks any introductory material, which would have helped the neophyte understand Pascal's life and thought.
Human Happiness (Penguin Great Ideas) download epub
Philosophy
Author: A. J. Krailsheimer,Blaise Pascal
ISBN: 0141042516
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (October 27, 2009)
Pages: 128 pages