"To extinguish the torch of sedition"; too luxuriant. "The restlessness of his genius"; two superfluous grand words. 8. Blaise Pascal. Pensees. Pascal's Pensées; or, Thoughts on religion. byPascal, Blaise, ; Rawlings, Gertrude Burford. Publication date Topics Catholic Church, Catholic. Blaise Pascal. Pensées sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets qui sont tous dans le bruit, dans le divertissement et dans la pensée de l'avenir.
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Pensées. Blaise Pascal. translated by W. F. Trotter. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at This book is available for free download in a number of formats - including epub, pdf, azw, mobi and more. You can also read the full text online using our. Page 1 of Pensees. Blaise Pascal. Section III: of the Necessity of the Wager. A letter to incite to the search after God. And then to make people seek Him .
We must see the matter at once, at one glance, and not by a process of reasoning, at least to a certain degree. And thus it is rare that mathematicians are intuitive and that men of intuition are mathematicians, because mathematicians wish to treat matters of intuition mathematically and make themselves ridiculous, wishing to begin with definitions and then with axioms, which is not the way to proceed in this kind of reasoning.
Not that the mind does not do so, but it does it tacitly, naturally, and without technical rules; for the expression of it is beyond all men, and only a few can feel it.
Intuitive minds, on the contrary, being thus accustomed to judge at a single glance, are so astonished when they are presented with propositions of which they understand nothing, and the way to which is through definitions and axioms so sterile, and which they are not accustomed to see thus in detail, that they are repelled and disheartened. But dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical. Mathematicians who are only mathematicians have exact minds, provided all things are explained to them by means of definitions and axioms; otherwise they are inaccurate and insufferable, for they are only right when the principles are quite clear.
And men of intuition who are only intuitive cannot have the patience to reach to first principles of things speculative and conceptual, which they have never seen in the world and which are altogether out of the common.
There are different kinds of right understanding; some have right understanding in a certain order of things, and not in others, where they go astray. Some draw conclusions well from a few premises, and this displays an acute judgment. Others draw conclusions well where there are many premises. For example, the former easily learn hydrostatics, where the premises are few, but the conclusions are so fine that only the greatest acuteness can reach them.
And in spite of that these persons would perhaps not be great mathematicians, because mathematics contain a great number of premises, and there is perhaps a kind of intellect that can search with ease a few premises to the bottom and cannot in the least penetrate those matters in which there are many premises. There are then two kinds of intellect: the one able to penetrate acutely and deeply into the conclusions of given premises, and this is the precise intellect; the other able to comprehend a great number of premises without confusing them, and this is the mathematical intellect.
The one has force and exactness, the other comprehension. Now the one quality can exist without the other; the intellect can be strong and narrow, and can also be comprehensive and weak. Le monde des cryptes.: Textes de Pascal. Notes on religion and other subjects, , Dent. Pense es , Livre de Poche. Pascal sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets: Edited with an introd.
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