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Wagering on an ironic God : Pascal on faith and philosophy, Thomas S. Hibbs

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Wagering on an ironic God : Pascal on faith and philosophy
Title
Wagering on an ironic God
Title remainder
Pascal on faith and philosophy
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Thomas S. Hibbs
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Language
eng
Summary
In Wagering on an Ironic God Thomas S. Hibbs both startles and astonishes. He does so by offering a new interpretation of Pascal's Pensées and by showing the importance of Pascal in and for a philosophy of religion. Hibbs resists the temptation to focus exclusively on Pascal's famous "wager" or to be beguiled by the fragmentary and presumably incomplete nature of Pensées. Instead he discovers in Pensées a coherent and comprehensive project, one in which Pascal contributed to the ancient debate over the best way of life--a life of true happiness and true virtue. Hibbs situates Pascal in relation to early modern French philosophers, particularly Montaigne and Descartes. These three French thinkers offer distinctly modern accounts of the good life. Montaigne advocates the private life of authentic self-expression, while Descartes favors the public goods of progressive enlightenment science and its promise of the mastery of nature. Pascal, by contrast, renders an account of the Christian religion that engages modern subjectivity and science on its own terms and seeks to vindicate the wisdom of the Christian vision by showing that it, better than any of its rivals, truly understands human nature. Though all three philosophers share a preoccupation with Socrates, each finds in that figure a distinct account of philosophy and its aims. Pascal finds in Socrates a philosophy rich in irony: philosophy is marked by a deep yearning for wisdom that is never wholly achieved. Philosophy is a quest without attainment, a love never obtained. Absent Cartesian certainty or the ambivalence of Montaigne, Pascal's practice of Socratic irony acknowledges the disorder of humanity without discouraging its quest. Instead, the quest for wisdom alerts the seeker to the presence of a hidden God. God, according to Pascal, both conceals and reveals, fulfilling the philosophical aspiration for happiness and the good life only by subverting philosophy's very self-understanding. Pascal thus wagers all on the irony of a God who both startles and astonishes wisdom's true lovers. - from publisher
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Hibbs, Thomas S
Index
index present
LC call number
B1903
LC item number
.H63 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Pascal, Blaise
  • Pascal, Blaise
  • Descartes, René
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Socrates
  • Descartes, René
  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Pascal, Blaise
  • Socrates
  • Philosophical theology
  • Apologetics
  • Irony
  • Apologetics
  • Irony
  • Philosophical theology
Label
Wagering on an ironic God : Pascal on faith and philosophy, Thomas S. Hibbs
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-202) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Irony, philosophy, and the Christian faith. Pascal and the ancient quarrel over the best way of life ; Irony rehabilitated ; The figure of Socrates in early modern philosophy : Montaigne, Descartes, and Pascal ; Divine irony as an alternative to deism and voluntarism -- 2. Socratic immanence : Montaigne's recovery of philosophy as a way of life. Socratic self-knowledge and the art of living ; Against speculative philosophy ; Montaigne's confessions ; Death, diversion, and the supernatural -- 3. The virtue of science and the science of virtue : Descartes' overcoming of Socrates. The arts of writing and the science of living ; Recovering and overcoming Socrates ; Descartes' new science of virtue ; Theology, philosophical irony, and the arts of (re-)writing -- 4. The quest for wisdom : Pascal and philosophy. Socrates and the quest for the good life ; Ironic reversal : the reduction of Cartesian certitude to Socratic amazement ; Philosophy deconstructed? Pascal deconstructed? ; The restless heart : Pascal's residual teleology ; Pascal's methods and the quest for a synoptic vision -- 5. Wagering on an ironic God. Rereading the wager ; Wagering as self-emptying ; The problem of hope ; Neither deism nor voluntarism ; Christ as eucharistic cipher
Control code
955541332
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781481306546
Lccn
2016025245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)955541332
Label
Wagering on an ironic God : Pascal on faith and philosophy, Thomas S. Hibbs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-202) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Irony, philosophy, and the Christian faith. Pascal and the ancient quarrel over the best way of life ; Irony rehabilitated ; The figure of Socrates in early modern philosophy : Montaigne, Descartes, and Pascal ; Divine irony as an alternative to deism and voluntarism -- 2. Socratic immanence : Montaigne's recovery of philosophy as a way of life. Socratic self-knowledge and the art of living ; Against speculative philosophy ; Montaigne's confessions ; Death, diversion, and the supernatural -- 3. The virtue of science and the science of virtue : Descartes' overcoming of Socrates. The arts of writing and the science of living ; Recovering and overcoming Socrates ; Descartes' new science of virtue ; Theology, philosophical irony, and the arts of (re-)writing -- 4. The quest for wisdom : Pascal and philosophy. Socrates and the quest for the good life ; Ironic reversal : the reduction of Cartesian certitude to Socratic amazement ; Philosophy deconstructed? Pascal deconstructed? ; The restless heart : Pascal's residual teleology ; Pascal's methods and the quest for a synoptic vision -- 5. Wagering on an ironic God. Rereading the wager ; Wagering as self-emptying ; The problem of hope ; Neither deism nor voluntarism ; Christ as eucharistic cipher
Control code
955541332
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 204 pages
Isbn
9781481306546
Lccn
2016025245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)955541332

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