Pascal acknowledges that the origins of human inequality are of two kinds, natural and institutional. New York: Hurd and Houghton, Between Pascal and himself? Then art thou a greater fool. On the other hand, wretchedness and insecurity are only part of our nature. However, his learning, while deep in a few areas, was never broad and was in some ways less remarkable for what it included than for what it left out. But instead of this peace, nothing but war and a general ruin would result from their union; for the one establishing certainty, the other doubt, the one the greatness of man, the other his weakness, they would destroy the truths as well as the falsehoods of each other. It was during his involvement with the Mersenne circle that Pascal published, at age sixteen, his Essai pour les Coniques , an important contribution to the relatively new field of projective geometry. The project was designed as an example of what is today termed immanent apologetics.
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