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Cole, John R. Pascal: The Man and His Two Loves. New York: New York University Press, 1995, 349 p.

Seeks to revise Gilberte Périer's (Pascal's sister's) portrayal of Pascal's life in he Vie de Monsieur Pascal. Unlike Périer, Cole presents a "darker conception" of Pascal's life.

Mortimer, Ernest. Blaise Pascal: The Life and Work of a Realist. London: Methuen & Co., 1959, 240 p.

A study of Pascal's life that emphasizes his modernity while differentiating Pascal as a man and as a writer.

Criticism

Bloom, Harold, ed. Blaise Pascal: Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1989, 200 p.

A collection of thirteen essays that "brings together a representative selection of the most illuminating modern criticism of Blaise Pascal."

Davidson, Hugh M. "The Unity of Pascal's Thought." In Blaise Pascal, edited by Maxwell A. Smith, pp. 96-108. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1983.

Discuses several aspects of Pascal's writings and argumentation, focusing on the philosopher's various modes of thought.

Hammond, Nicholas. Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's "Pensées." Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1994, 249 p.

Analyzes Pascal's persuasive manipulation of language in the Pensées. Hammond focuses of Pascal's use of six key terms to describe the human condition—inconstance, ennui, inquétude, repos, bonheur / felicité, and justice.

Jordan, Jeff, ed. Gambling on God: Essays on Pascal's Wager. Lanham, Md.: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 1994, 188 p.

Ten essays on Pascal's wager, addressing such topics as the context of Pascal's argument, decision theory, and the notion of an infinite utility. Also contains the most prominent objections to the wager.

Krailsheimer, A. J. "Ethics and Causistry." In Pascal, pp. 27-40. New York: Hill and Wang, 1980.

Analyzes Pascal's ideas on religion and ethics, focusing on his thoughts concerning the relationship between the material and spiritual worlds. The critic...

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