Chapter 9 Peace and Truth in Polemic: Pascal’s Pensées L974/S771

In: The Philosophers and the Bible
Simone D’Agostino
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This chapter develops a textual and contextual analysis of the fragment L974/S771 from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées. From the contextual standpoint, the fragment appears linked to the second of the Écrits des curés de Paris, or rather, to the Réponse that Pascal wrote in 1658 in reply to the Réfutation des calomnies, in which the Jesuits accused the curés of threatening the peace of the Church with their polemic quest for truth. From the textual standpoint, Pascal uses biblical verses and the ipsissima verba of Jesus to argue how peace is at the service of truth, this being the ultimate end of believers.

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The Philosophers and the Bible

The Debate on Sacred Scripture in Early Modern Thought

Series:  Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Volume: 333