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Pascal and the Arts of the Mind

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511872204

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  • This 1993 book studies the ways in which Pascal posed and solved intellectual problems in three very different areas of his work: mathematics and mathematical physics, religious experience and theology, communication and controversy. Hugh Davidson shows how three of the classical 'liberal arts', rhetoric, dialectic and geometry, pervade Pascal's method as liberating and guiding influences in his search for truth. They appear throughout his production and are used and adapted with great skill both in his attacks on tradition in mathematics and physics and in his defences of tradition in the sphere of religion and morality. Professor Davidson throws light on both the diversity and the unity of Pascal's thought, and places it in the context of other seventeenth-century innovations in the use of traditional disciplines.

    • This book presents Pascal's main intellectual methods as they appear over the whole of his immense and varied output
    • This has never been done before, and will be of interest to scholars of seventeenth-century literature, history, science, philosophy and religion
    • The book is engagingly written, without footnotes or heavy critical apparatus
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511872204
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgments
    1. Nature and the world
    2. Elements, complexes and geometric
    3. Multiplicity, unity and dialectic
    4. Ends, means and rhetoric
    5. Restatement and conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Hugh M. Davidson

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