The reason (thought 267)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’15s, 2020).
23 June 2020. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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The paradox of knowing there’s so much we don’t know.


Can a film be a philosophical support? I.e. to be a tool to open up to the activity of thinking about the world. I think so.

Text of “thought 267” by Blaise Pascal

Text located on page 247 of the original manuscript.

The last step of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things that surpass it; it is only weak, if it does not go so far as to know this.

That if natural things surpass it, what will be said of the supernatural?

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a philosopher, engineer and mathematician of genius. Among other major scientific and philosophical advances, he invented and built the first mechanical calculating machine in 1645, thus laying the concrete foundations of computer science. The “Thoughts” are a collection of very short texts, divided into many themes, which were found after the death of Blaise Pascal. The “Thoughts” are Blaise Pascal’s most illustrious and striking work, which is also very accessible. This series of films, directed by Benoît Labourdette and others in various contexts, is based on (...)