The Anthropological Argument of Blaise Pascal or…”Who Are You?”

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Excerpts from Pascal’s “Pensees” that were the impetus for “Manifest Propensity…thoughts for deposed royalty”:

430 The greatness and the wretchedness of man are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us both that there is in man some great source of greatness, and a great source of wretchedness. It must then give us a reason for these astonishing contradictions.

434 What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error; the pride and refuse of the universe!

398 All these same miseries prove man’s greatness. They are the miseries of a great lord, of a deposed king.

(from Blaise Pascal, Pensees, First Published 1669)

A summary of Pascal’s Anthropological Argument” by Dr. Doug Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary:

BMC, Manifest Propensity, 2013
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  1. […] have presented a number of posts on Blaise Pascal and his “anthropological argument” which was his belief that humankind holds a key within itself that unlocks the truth that we […]

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