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Introduction: Infinity in Early Modern Philosophy

  • Ohad NachtomyEmail author
  • Reed Winegar
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Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 76)

Abstract

In his Pensées, Blaise Pascal gives vivid voice to both the wonder and anxiety that many early modern thinkers felt towards infinity. Contemplating our place between the infinite expanse of space and the infinite divisibility of matter, Pascal writes:

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Philosophy DepartmentFordham UniversityBronxUSA

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