Blaise Pascal | Critical Essay by Jean Mesnard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Blaise Pascal.
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Critical Essay by David Wetsel

SOURCE: "Catechesis and Conversion in the Pensées," in Pascal and Disbelief: Catechesis and Conversion in the "Pensees," The Catholic University of America Press, 1994, pp. 327-86.

In the following excerpt, Wetsel seeks to determine the person(s) to whom the Pensées are principally addressed, largely basing his conclusions on Pascal's portrayal and analysis of atheists and agnostics in fragments 427 and 429.

Many sections of the Pensées must remain enigmatic until we are able to reconstruct more completely the mental universe of Pascal's potential convert. But … who is he? The Pensées give us a number of quite dissimilar portraits of disbelief. Is Pascal's potential interlocutor the hardened skeptic of fragment 427? [References to fragment numbers of the Pensées are to Louis Lafuma's edition of Pascal: Oeuvres compl&#x...

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