(162362). Scientist, philos., mathematician; b. Clermont, Fr.; assoc. with Jansenists (see Jansenism) 1646; assoc. with Port-Royal* 1655. Stressed the Person of Christ as Savior; held that only faith can free man from the distracting situation bet. greatness and misery and that reason can be used to demonstrate the truth of faith. Works include Les provinciales (tr. Provincial Letters); Pensées (tr. Thoughts).
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