Wagering on an Ironic God Hardback
Pascal on Faith Andphilosophy
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Wagering on an Ironic God
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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 figurea distinct account of philosophy and its aims. Pascal finds in Socrates a philosophy rich inirony: philosophyis marked by a deep yearning for wisdom that is never whollyachieved. Philosophy is a quest without attainment, a love never obtained. Absent Cartesian certaintyor the ambivalence of Montaigne, Pascal's practice of Socratic irony acknowledges the disorder of humanity without discouraging its quest. Instead,the quest for wisdomalerts the seekerto 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 veryself-understanding. Pascal thus wagers all on the irony of a God whoboth startles and astonishes wisdom's true lovers.
Wagering on an Ironic God by Thomas S. Hibbs was published by Baylor University Press in March 2017. The ISBN for Wagering on an Ironic God is 9781481306386.
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|Author / Artist||Thomas S. Hibbs|
|Publisher||Baylor University Press (March 2017)|
|Number of Pages||235|
|Page last updated||31st January 2018|