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Pascalian Meditations makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of Through this critique, Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy that calls into question. Through this Pascalian critique, Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy which calls into question our most fundamental presuppositions and renews the. Meditations on Pascalian. Meditations. Texts reviewed. Pierre Bourdieu () Pascalian Meditations, trans. Richard Nice, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp.

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Pascalian Meditations by Pierre Bourdieu

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Stanford University Press Amazon. Stanford University Press- Social Science – pages. A synthesis of forty years’ work by France’s leading sociologist, this book pushes the critique of scholarly reason to a new level.

It is a brilliant example of Bourdieu’s unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought. Pascalian Meditations makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of “scholasticism,” a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world.


Philosophers, unwilling to engage these presuppositions in their practice, have brought them into the order of discourse, not so much to analyze them as to legitimate them. This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique. This critique of scholarly reason is carried out in the name of Pascal because he, too, pointed out the features of human existence that the scholastic outlook ignores: Through this critique, Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy that calls into question some of our most fundamental presuppositions, such as a “subject” who is free and self-aware.

Pascalian Meditations

This philosophy, with its intellectual debt to such other “heretical” philosophers as Wittgenstein, Austin, Dewey, and Peirce, renews traditional questioning of the concepts of violence, power, paxcalian, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence. Critique of Scholastic Reason. The Historicity of Reason.

Instituted points of view. The anamnesis of origin. The universality of strategies of universalization.


The encounter of two histories. Mismatches discordance and misfirings 1 Twofold naturalization and its effects. Social Being Time and the Sense of Existence.

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References to this book Reading Freire and Habermas: Social Suffering in Contemporary Societies Reading Freire and Habermas: