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Pascal's cœur = Aristotle νόος = Scholastics' intellectus? Pascal's raison = Aristotle's ἐπιστήμη = Scholastics' scientia?

Copleston, S.J., quotes, on p. 164 of A History of Philosophy (vol. 4): Descartes to Leibniz, the following from Pascal's Pensées, S142/L110: Nous connaissons la vérité non seulement par la raison ...
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How to read Pensées by Pascal

I've just started Pascal's Pensées and the first several pages seem like a flood of incoherent statements. For example, 16) Vanity: That something so obvious as the vanity of the world should be so ...
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What fallacy in Pascal's Wager allows replacing God with the devil?

I wanted to know the name of the fallacy or fallacies the Pascal's Wager in the sense that it can be applied to motivate one's belief in many things. A similar argument to the original Wager can be ...
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What did Pascal mean: 'A vapour, a drop of water, suffices to kill him'?

Source: p 29 (Top), Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Fragment 347, Pensées by Blaise Pascal L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus ...
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Can Pascal's wager be made to work?

There are many objections to the Pascal's wager, as originally stated, see for instance here. Personally, I don't think that the wager can be defended. However, I am wondering if it is possible to ...
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Why does Pascal say “it is through their lack of proofs that they show they are not lacking in sense”?

According to Pascal. They declare, when they expound it to the world, that it is foolishness (stultitiam); and then you complain because they do not prove it! If they proved it, they would not keep ...
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What's the difference between Pascal's wager and Pascal's mugging?

I was discussing Pascal's mugging with a friend (a mugger comes up to Pascal, and says give me 5 dollars or I'll use my special powers to kill a billion people in another dimension), and there's ...
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How can you satisfy Pascal's Wager in the eyes of the greatest number of living people?

Leaving aside the obvious objections to Pascal's Wager, imagine a general form of the Wager that could be formulated from the perspective of any religious belief system. Since some religions are more "...
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Is this assertion by Sartre an existentialist reading Pascal's Pensées?

In his book What Is Literature?, Sartre says: Here, I am thinking of Pascal, who relentlessly repeated that man was an irrational composite of metaphysics and history, his greatness unexplainable ...
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Does happiness motivate every action?

Pascal wrote: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the ...
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Does Pascal's Wager contain any logical flaws or fallacies?

Blaise Pascal's famous wager was that even if the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a rational person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has ...