Pascal. Les provinciales: ou les Lettres écrites par Louis de. Montalte à un provincial de ses amis et aux RR. PP. Jésuites. Les provinciales: ou les Lettres. Lettres Provinciales () by Blaise Pascal, translated by Thomas M’Crie · Sister Projects. D’Alembert 1 Tabaraud, Dissertation sur la foi qui est due au Tcmoignage de Pascal dans ses Lettres Provincial es,p 12 This work, published some years ago in.

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When the terms are so clear, however,” he continued, “as not to admit of an interpretation, we have recourse to the observation of favourable circumstances. In the letters, Pascal’s tone combines the fervor of a convert with the wit and polish of a man of the world. And the Evangelical or severe lbaise being best fitted for managing some sorts of people, they avail themselves of these when they find them favourable to their purpose.

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It doesn’t surprise me, since minds as diametrically opposed as Voltaire and Descartes both came from their midst. I spoke on the point during my whole half-hour; and, but for the sand-glass, I bade fair to have reversed that wicked proverb, now so current in Paris: They may, in certain circumstances; as when they are so poor that, in looking for a situation, they have been obliged to accept the offer made to them, and when other servants of the same class are gaining more than they, elsewhere.


You have also secured them on the part of the confessors, by obliging priests, on the pain of mortal sin, to absolve all who follow a probable opinion.

Arnauld’s expression differed from those of the fathers as much as the truth from error and faith from heresy. It doesn’t seem to have mattered to the Jesuits that his arguments were stronger than theirs. Prevented, therefore, from showing my face, I must devolve on you the task of making my acknowledgments to my illustrious admirers, while I undertake that of furnishing you with the news of the censure.

Pascal sharply criticizes the Jesuits for condoning calumny and murder on plausible pretences. The good father, who saw very well provinxiales connection between these consequences and his principle, dexterously evaded them; and, maintaining his temper, either from good nature or policy, he merely replied: We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Here my friend the Jansenist, following up my remarks, said to him: In these letters, Pascal humorously attacked casuistrya rhetorical method often used by Jesuit theologians, provincales accused Jesuits of moral laxity. He learned it from us, to be sure; but he has the merit of having cleared it up most admirably. Many of the thoughts in those early philosophical sections took on the character of proverbs, practical axioms to live by. If you do not provnciales your account on the one side, you fall back on the other and always land in perfect safety.

What is the real condition of human nature since its corruption? They found themselves rather too vigourously refuted by his second apology. To this he replied that he was quite astonished at my astonishment.


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Pascal was both a man who understood theology very thoroughly and a man of science. Such are the points in debate between the Jesuits and the Jansenists; and my next object was to ascertain the doctrine provinciles the New Thomists. How few, of them who do read, will understand it! In fact he suggested a number of excuses for me, none of which happened to suit my case, till at length he bethought himself of asking me whether I did not find it difficult to sleep without taking supper.

Still, in all these cases, each of the contrary opinions is probable. So much for the one side. Without something of this kind, how can you expect to get disciples? But with a little bit of orientation about provincilaes and human free will, I don’t think you have any problem following the letters, especially the first ten—after that, it gets serious, long, and technical, though the same mastery of rhetoric is still there.

They are drawing strange inferences from their conduct in favour of M. This may appear another paradox, but the matter is easily put to rights by giving such an interpretation to the word superfluity that it will seldom or never happen that any one is troubled with such an provincialee.