Blaise Pascal: Trois discours sur la condition des grands (1270 words)

Elena Ciocoiu (Université de Paris IV Sorbonne)
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The three Discours sur la Condition des Grands [Discourses on the Condition of the Great] have not reached us being written directly by Pascal. They were published after Pascal’s death (1662) by Pierre Nicole, one of Pascal’s friends, in his short treatise De l’éducation d’un prince (1670), which became Traité de l’éducation d’un prince. Seconde édition revue et corrigée (1671). The comparison between these discourses and a series of fragments from Pascal’s Pensées supports the hypothesis according to which Pierre Nicole transcribed Blaise Pascal’s views after being present at a series of meetings that …

Citation: Ciocoiu, Elena. "Trois discours sur la condition des grands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2019 [, accessed 17 May 2021.]

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