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The Hidden God: A Study of Tragic Vision in the PenseÌ es of Pascal and the Tragedies of Racine
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The Hidden God: A Study of Tragic Vision in the PenseÌ es of Pascal and the Tragedies of Racine (Paperback)

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The concept of `world visions', first elaborated in the early work of Georg Lukacs, is used here as a tool whereby the similarities between Pascal's Pensees and Kant's critical philosophy are contrasted with the rationalism of Descartes and the empiricism of Hume. For Lucien Goldmann, a leading exponent of the most fruitful method of applying Marxist ideas to literary and philosophical problems, the `tragic vision' marked an important phase in the development of European thought from rationalism and empiricism to the dialectical philosophy of Hegel, Marx and Lukacs. The book is not a collection of isolated essays on Kant, Pascal, Racine, the status of the legal nobility in seventeenth-century France and the exact nature of the religious movement known as Jansenism, but an attempt to formulate, by an examination of these different topics, a general approach to the problems of philosophy, of literary criticism, and of the relationship between thought and action in human society.

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