Unformatted text preview: vision? 1. List some of the dichotomies (pairs of opposites) that Pascal sees in the universe. How do these describe the new discoveries of science? 2. Pascal expresses deep skepticism concerning whether we can ever know the real truth or meaning of the world. Identify several of the reasons he gives for this skepticism. 3. Pascal expresses personal dissatisfaction with the universe. Identify these passages and examine exactly what saddens or depresses him. What does he want from the universe, and what does it lack? 4. How does Pascal view human beings in this “new universe”? • What is their position in the world? • What are they made of, what is their basic nature? 5. Do you find any ideas or attitudes you would recognize as religious in these passages? Any clues to how Pascal will think about religion in the midst of his despair and skepticism? 0a9f923b86b975ce4dde2e4085b3902abba80220.doc 8/5/2007 1...
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