Pensees and Other Writings Setting & Symbolism

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Paris, France

The city where Pascal wrote and ultimately died.

Pascal's Wager

Pascal's argument for the rationality of belief in God.

Jansenism

A movement within Catholicism that emphasized the Calvinist idea of man's total depravity.

Calvinism

The theological movement founded by John Calvin that was influential in France in Pascal's time and that he was partly influenced by, though he stridently rejected Calvinist theology as a whole.

Molinism

A philosopher developed out of the work of the sixteenth century Jesuit philosopher Luis de Molina, Molinists holds that humans are free to accept or reject God's grace and that God not only knows everything that has, does and will happen but everything that would have happened given different human and divine choices.

Catholicism

The branch of Christianity of which Pascal was a member.

Augustinianism

The theology of the followers of St. Augustine that arguably stands on the boundary between...

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