This page features a collection of the best resources on Blaise Pascal. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on Pascal. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about him.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
If you want an academic overview of Pascal:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Blaise Pascal. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 8400 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Pascal:
“Pascal did not publish any philosophical works during his relatively brief lifetime. His status in French literature today is based primarily on the posthumous publication of a notebook in which he drafted or recorded ideas for a planned defence of Christianity, the Pensées de M. Pascal sur la religion et sur quelques autres sujets (1670). Nonetheless, his philosophical commitments can be gleaned from his contributions to scientific and theological debates in France in the mid-seventeenth century. . . .”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Martin Jenkins’ article on Blaise Pascal [2400 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on or by Blaise Pascal.
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